dead-cat bounce


: a brief and insignificant recovery (as of stock prices) after a steep decline

Examples of dead-cat bounce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Did March 14 mark the start of a durable rally, or is this merely a dead-cat bounce of the type that often occurs in bear markets? James MacKintosh, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2022 The Academy, understanding all of this, has made big changes that are bound to fail, although the ratings mayenjoy a dead-cat bounce. Kyle Smith, National Review, 26 Mar. 2022

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Word History


from the facetious notion that even a dead cat would bounce slightly if dropped from a sufficient height

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dead-cat bounce was in 1985

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“Dead-cat bounce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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