Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

bounce (ideas) off (someone)

bounce ideas off someone
Meaning(s)
1) discuss something informally with someone in order to get their opinion
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • bounce ideas off someone at a meeting
  • Analysis

    To 'bounce ideas off' someone means to meet with someone or to discuss an idea or problem with someone else or a larger group in order to obtain their opinion or get their contribution. You will often hear this idiom used in a creative or professional setting to talk about.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I bounced the idea of taking a year out to travel with my family first before I made any concrete decision. They all thought that I should go for it!
    2. I bounced some ideas off my friends about how to decorate the bedroom and they had a lot of great ideas.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm meeting Kate for lunch so I can bounce some ideas off her before I make my sales pitch at the meeting later. She always has some useful suggestions to offer.
    2. When we were stuck on how to approach the project, we organized a brainstorming session. Bouncing ideas off each other really helped to get the ball rolling!
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