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bouncer

[boun-ser] /ˈbaʊn sər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that bounces.
2.
a person who is employed at a bar, nightclub, etc., to eject disorderly persons.
3.
something large of its kind.
Origin of bouncer
1755-1765
1755-65; bounce + -er1
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bouncer

/ˈbaʊnsə/
noun
1.
(slang) a person employed at a club, pub, disco, etc, to throw out drunks or troublemakers and stop those considered undesirable from entering
2.
(slang) a dishonoured cheque
3.
(cricket) another word for bumper1
4.
a person or thing that bounces
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Word Origin and History for bouncer
n.

mid-19c. in various senses, noun derivative of bounce (v.) in its original sense of "thump, hit." Earliest attested is "boaster, bully, braggart" (1833); also "large example of its kind" (1842); "enforcer of order in a bar or saloon" (1865, American English, originally colloquial).

"The Bouncer" is merely the English "chucker out". When liberty verges on license and gaiety on wanton delirium, the Bouncer selects the gayest of the gay, and -- bounces him! ["London Daily News," July 26, 1883]

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Slang definitions & phrases for bouncer

bouncer

noun

  1. A person employed to eject unwanted customers from a saloon, restaurant, dance hall, etc (1880s+)
  2. A check that is returned for lack of funds; rubber check (1920s+)
  3. A forged check (1920s+ Underworld)

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