November 2, 2014 – Word of the Day: bounce
Use the word "bounce" for balls and other objects that drop onto a surface and return.
- The golf ball bounced when it hit the green.
- Brian bounced the basketball down the court.
- Stop bouncing that ball. It’s annoying!
- The kids are bouncing on the furniture. (They’re jumping on the furniture. They’re going up and down.)
This word is also used when describing financial activity, travel, recovery from a problem, and situations in which a person is removed from a location or a position.
- Edward bounced around from one job to another.
- Denise and Brian bounced around the country for a few years before settling on an apartment in New York. (They traveled to many places.)
- Hey, let me bounce a few ideas off of you. (I want you to listen to my ideas and get your reaction.)
- Vanessa was depressed following her divorce, but now she’s beginning to bounce back.
- The stock market bounced back after it tanked in 2009.
- If I don’t put more money into my checking account, I’m going to bounce a few checks. (bounce a check = not enough money in an account to cover payments)
- John was bounced off of the plane because of some rude remarks he made to a flight attendant.
- A couple of hooligans were bounced out of the bar. (They were thrown out of the bar.)
A bouncer is a person (usually a large man) who stands outside of nightclubs and admits people inside. He also handles security issues.
- The bouncer checked IDs before allowing bar patrons to go inside.
- Joe easily got a job as a bouncer because he’s big and intimidating.
He works as a bouncer.
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