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rebound relationship

A romantic relationship that one begins, often as a means of distraction, while still recovering from the end of a different relationship. Oh, Peggy doesn't really love that guy—she's just in a rebound relationship so that she doesn't feel so heartbroken about Pat leaving her.

on the rebound

1. Regaining strength or otherwise recovering well from something. Pundits expect the stock market to be on the rebound this week after last week's sudden slide.
2. Experiencing feelings of unhappiness or grief after a romantic relationship has ended. If you want to start a serious relationship with Mindy, don't ask her out now—she's on the rebound and still cries over her breakup every day.
See also: on, rebound

rebound from (someone or something)

1. To return to a good health following an illness or injury. I thought I would be bedridden with the 'flu for a week, but I managed to rebound from it after just a couple days. I've never seen someone rebound from a broken ankle so quickly!
2. To recover from some negative or unfortunate situation, especially very quickly or suddenly. The company has managed to rebound from the financial disaster brought about by their last product with one of the most exciting new pieces of technology we've seen in years. We were lucky enough to be able to recover from the economic downturn fairly easily, but many other businesses weren't so fortunate.
3. slang To enter into a new sexual or romantic relationship as a means of dealing with the failure of a previous relationship. She's been hooking up with a lot of younger guys recently. I think she's just rebounding from the divorce. I know you're rebounding from Sarah right now, but I don't think jumping into a brand-new relationship is a good idea right now.
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rebound from something

1. Lit. to bounce back from something. The ball rebounded from the wall and hit Randy hard on the elbow. When the ball rebounded from the backboard, it bounced onto the court and Tom tripped on it.
2. Fig. to recover quickly from something. Barbara rebounded from her illness in less than a week. I hope I can rebound from this cold quickly.
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on the rebound

Reacting to or recovering from an unhappy experience, especially the end of a love affair. For example, A month after breaking up with Larry, Jane got engaged to Bob, a classic case of being on the rebound . This metaphoric term, alluding to the bouncing back of a ball, has been used in the present sense since the mid-1800s, although rebound alone had been used figuratively for much longer.
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on the rebound

while still affected by the emotional distress caused by the ending of a romantic or sexual relationship.
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on the ˈrebound

while you are sad and confused, especially after a relationship has ended: She married John on the rebound from Geoff. I knew it wouldn’t last.
If a ball rebounds, it bounces back after it has hit a hard surface.
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Ashley Adams chipped in 6 points with 2 rebounds while Stephanie Kowalczyk had 4 assists and 4 points.
He's willing to lay a body, do whatever it takes to get the victory, or get a rebound.
One student questioned whether it was even important to 'do' (evaluate) these assumptions, as 'we really just want to know whether there is a relationship between points and rebounds or not'.
6,21) However, a small percentage of patients maintained viral suppression (defined as viral load less than 5,000 copies/mL) for up to 3 months (17%) and 1 year (8%) after stopping treatment, and only 1 patient developed drug resistance that required salvage therapy, (21) though viral rebound (HIV RNA greater than 100 copies/mL) was detected within 8 days in the majority of patients.
Krisztina Fuleki led the Matadors (11-13, 7-4) with 21 points, and LaJoyce King added 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
The outlet player goes to the back of the opposite rebound line.
Subsequent studies of protease inhibitors in combination with other drugs, where the drugs were added sequentially, led many to assume that it was the protease inhibitor that failed first and was principally responsible for viral rebound since these were the mutations first detected after viral rebound.
The Lakers played as competitive a game as November has to offer, taking a Jazz team with the NBA's best record into the dying minutes of the fourth quarter before coming up short by a missed shot here and an offensive rebound there.
Marion responded on offense as he had 18 points and nine rebounds in the first half.
Washington out-rebounded USC 64-49, including 32 offensive rebounds.
Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Dallas' reserves, which include Jerry Stackhouse, outscored the Clippers' reserves 44-18.
A 5-foot-11 forward, Gbewonyo averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and 4.
Cochran scored a game-high 26 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead the Eagles to a 43-42 victory.
The 6-6 forward averages 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists and is being recruited by Pepperdine and USC, among many others.