Meaning of bouncer in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbaʊnsə/

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  • 1A person employed by a nightclub or similar establishment to prevent troublemakers and other unwanted people entering or to eject them from the premises.

    ‘The security company that employs unlicensed bouncers and the licensee of any premises allowing them to work could both be prosecuted under the new rules.’
    • ‘He took courses in the field, then worked as a nightclub bouncer and a bodyguard.’
    • ‘A security firm owner who provides bouncers to a nightclub claims no underage drinkers get in when his staff are on duty.’
    • ‘In the future, similar initiatives could be extended to nightclub bouncers, pub and bar licensees, headteachers and neighbourhood watch representatives.’
    • ‘In this hilarious parody of the contemporary nightclub scene, four bouncers portray over 30 different characters.’
    • ‘As no bouncers were employed at our next pub, we walked in with ease, sat for a while and enjoyed some live music.’
    • ‘Whilst employed as a bouncer he was instructed to forcefully eject an unruly customer who refused to wear a formal shirt.’
    • ‘Charles (not his real name) is a bouncer at a popular nightclub in town.’
    • ‘He was employed as a bouncer by another company, which was hired by the hotel's management.’
    • ‘People in the audience will go to nightclubs and know what bouncers are like, so the cast needs to look real.’
    • ‘They could be mistaken for couple of nightclub bouncers, such is their sheer presence.’
    • ‘If a passenger dropped litter he was ejected by the bouncers.’
    • ‘All three were said to have been put out of the premises by bouncers.’
    • ‘Yet on a night out to celebrate promotion, the Frenchman was cautioned after an alleged altercation with a nightclub bouncer, before being released without charge.’
    • ‘A football star has been arrested at a nightspot following an alleged incident involving a nightclub bouncer.’
    • ‘Those included selling ice cream and working as a nightclub bouncer.’
    • ‘She had also worked in a wine bar, cleaned her sister's house and earned extra money as a nightclub bouncer.’
    • ‘The victim managed to walk up to the doors of a nearby nightclub where a bouncer called the emergency services.’
    • ‘The nurse was studying for a law degree four days a week and working at a wine bar and at a nightclub as a bouncer.’
    • ‘I had another chance to observe him when a bouncer from the nightclub across the street politely asked the teens to escort me around the corner to avoid attracting attention.’
    sentry, sentinel, security guard, nightwatchman
  • 2Cricket
    A ball bowled fast and short so as to rise high after pitching.

    ‘Foolishly, in the course of the innings, one of England's pace bowlers bowled Lillee a bouncer.’
    • ‘They were willing to bang the ball in, bowl a few bouncers to keep the batsmen quiet and have them in trouble.’
    • ‘It is like a fast bowler being told he can't bowl a bouncer.’
    • ‘Warne even bowled him a bouncer yesterday in mock annoyance.’
    • ‘The showman was back strutting his stuff, bowling bouncers and yorkers and embarking on the wildest celebrations seen since Pete Townsend starting re-arranging guitars.’
    • ‘Well, we wish the couple a splendid lifetime innings on a firm pitch with no bouncers, curved balls or googlies, and potjies full of happiness.’
    • ‘And the bouncers he bowled to Gayle in the afternoon were about as threatening as wet tennis balls thrown at you by an ageing coach with an arthritic shoulder.’
    • ‘You want me to believe that all these years people have not bowled bouncers to me and they're doing it now?’
    • ‘During his stint with Somerset, he was repeatedly beaten by fast bouncers from an enthusiastic bowler.’
    • ‘And one of these days a captain will spot that the new bouncer rule brings short leg back into the realms of possibility.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, faced with a resolute batsman Gilchrist was not sparing with bouncers or the occasional beamer.’
    • ‘Is he exempt if he damages a tail-end batsman when bowling a bouncer at their heads?’
    • ‘As for the bouncer, the fast bowler's ultimate weapon in many ways, you generally keep a little bit in reserve.’
    • ‘Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath were quickly into their stride, sprinkling bouncers judiciously into some careful line-and-length bowling.’
    • ‘Next ball, Jones retaliates with a bouncer, which hits McGrath's glove and loops towards Geraint Jones.’
    • ‘Pathan swung the ball both ways, and also used the bouncer at the body to great effect.’
    • ‘They are not afraid to bowl their quota of bouncers, with two men back for the hook shot and a couple of close fielders ready to enjoy the scraps of a defensive or pensive straighter bat.’
    • ‘Already deprived of seeing the injured Sachin Tendulkar in action, the crowd gave vent to their anger in the late afternoon, booing optimistic Australian appeals and hooting each time a bouncer was bowled.’
    • ‘If he were a batsman, you could bowl him a succession of bouncers and he'd be unlikely to come down the pitch angrily pointing his bat at you.’
    • ‘Balls are still bowled at the body, but bouncers are limited to two an over and the batsmen wear face guards.’