A check returned by a bank because it is not payable, usually because of insufficient funds. Also used in the context of securities to refer to the rejection and ensuing reclamation of a security; a stock price's abrupt decline and recovery. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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I. bounce bounce 1 [baʊns] verb
1. [intransitive, transitive] BANKING if a cheque bounces or a bank bounces it, the bank will not pay any money because there is not enough money in the account of the person who wrote the cheque:

• Every time a cheque bounces it costs us £25 in bank charges.

• His bank bounced the cheque and cancelled his overdraft.

2. [intransitive] FINANCE ECONOMICS to quickly increase in price or amount, especially after having fallen:

• The airline's shares bounced to 617p before settling back to 604p.

3. [intransitive] FINANCE if a stockmarket bounces, it suddenly becomes very active and share prices rise:

• Tokyo's beleaguered stock market bounced dramatically to erase some of its recent losses.

4. [intransitive, transitive] also bounce back COMPUTING if an email that you send bounces or is bounced back, it is returned to you and the other person does not receive it because of a technical problem
bounce back phrasal verb [intransitive]
to quickly increase or become successful again after falling or having problems:

• The shares dropped to 430p, before bouncing back to close at 468p.

  [m0] II. bounce bounce 2 noun [countable]
a sudden rise in something such as prices, sales, or share prices:

• Economists agree that there could be a bounce in prices next year.

ˌdead cat ˈbounce
FINANCE an occasion when a share price or stockmarket rises a small amount after a large fall, before falling further:

• The market refers to short term recovery in a falling market as a dead cat bounce.

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bounce UK US /baʊns/ verb [I or T]
BANKING if a cheque bounces, or a bank bounces it, the bank refuses to pay it because there is not enough money in the account: »

The bank immediately froze the account and bounced outstanding cheques.


Payments of $1 million were coming due, but when investors went to cash the checks, they bounced.

IT, COMMUNICATIONS if an email that you send bounces or is bounced, it is returned to you because the address is wrong or there is a computer problem: »

Customers may be annoyed that spam defences bounce their legitimate e-mail.


The report they'd asked me to send bounced, because the email address was invalid.

FINANCE, ECONOMICS to suddenly increase, often after falling to its lowest level: »

Analysts say that the US economy has bounced.

bounce 10%/10p/10 points »

The Group's shares bounced 20% yesterday as it unveiled its half-year results.

bounce UK US /baʊns/ noun [C, usually singular]
ECONOMICS, FINANCE a sudden increase in value, price, etc.: »

Dealers took their cue from a strong bounce on Wall Street to push prices higher.

a bounce in sth »

Confidence is growing that we will see a bounce in consumer spending.


Today's recovery is being led by a bounce in the technology sector.

a bounce back »

Despite a bounce back in prices after the sales, the volume of business in stores rose in August.

See also DEAD CAT BOUNCE(Cf. ↑dead cat bounce)

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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