dead-cat bounce


Definition of dead-cat bounce

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

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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“Dead-cat bounce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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