dead-cat bounce

noun

Definition of 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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First Known Use of dead-cat bounce

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dead-cat bounce

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

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

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“Dead-cat bounce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dead-cat%20bounce. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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