Definition of dead–cat bounce
: a brief and insignificant recovery (as of stock prices) after a steep decline
Origin and Etymology of dead–cat bounce
from the facetious notion that even a dead cat would bounce slightly if dropped from a sufficient height
First Known Use: 1985See Words from the same year
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