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bounce back (third-person singular simple present bounces back, present participle bouncing back, simple past and past participle bounced back)

  1. (idiomatic) To recover from a negative without seemingly any damage.
    We thought he'd die from the crash, but he bounced back to normal after 10 days in hospital.
    • 2018 December 8, Phil McNulty, “Chelsesa 2 - 0 Manchester City”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Chelsea bounced back from the disappointment of losing at Wolves in midweek to end City's 21-game unbeaten league run stretching back to April, and a sequence of 14 unbeaten games away from home.
  2. (of a message, usually an email) To be returned to the sender because it is undeliverable.

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