- 1. to copulateFrom the motion, especially on a sprung mattress:We all bounced about in bed together from time to time and enjoyed it. (Fraser, 1970)A bounce, or bouncy-bouncy, is an act of copulation:One bounce with that female Russian shotput and you'd bust your truss. (Sharpe, 1977)2. to be dishonoured by non-paymentReferring to cheques, returned to the person who drew them, like a rubber ball dropped to the ground and caught again.3. to dismiss peremptorily from employment or courtshipFrom the notional rebounding after hitting another surface, such as the sidewalk:If the case is cleared, or I get bounced, the two of you go back to your regular duties. (Sanders, 1985)A bouncer performs the same function at a public gathering, forcibly excluding the unwanted or unruly.4. to persuade by violenceCriminal and police jargon, of extortion, forcibly extracting a confession, etc.:You push the victim on the floor. When he comes out this time, we're going to grab him and bounce him a little. Nothing heavy. (Sanders, 1977)5. to induce another hastily to accept an engagement or liabilityWithout violence, but through persuasion that a quick decision is needed:Soviet support for the heavy Cuban involvement in Angola... was achieved... through 'bouncing' the Russians. (Sunday Telegraph, November 1983)
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.