a dead cat bounce
a misleading sign of vitality in something that is really moribund – informal
A dead cat might bounce if it is dropped from a great height…the fact of it bouncing does not reliably indicate that the cat is alive after all. The expression was coined in the late 20th century by Wall Street traders to refer to a situation in which a stock or company on a long-term, irrevocable downward trend suddenly shows a small temporary improvement.
Related Idioms and Phrases :
bounce an idea off someone
share an idea with another person in order to get feedback on it and refine it – informal
bounce off the walls
be full of nervous excitement or agitation - North American informal
on the bounce
as something rebounds
in quick succession – informal
2001 - Greyhound Star - He has now won twelve races on the bounce, including three big competitions.
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