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Normal opposite of higher is lower. But in this case will it make sense to say "Bounce me lower"?

Situation:

My child loves it when her father bounces her. She says "Bounce me higher".

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  • Can you explain more what you mean? When would you want to say this?
    – sumelic
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 6:39
  • @sumelic added situation
    – CoffeeDay
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 7:01

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I think it makes sense. Alternative phrasing is

don't bounce me that/so high.

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  • "bounce me lower" sounds very weird. Your suggestion "don't bounce me that/so high." sounds perfect. +1 for that.
    – Varun Nair
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 6:31
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If we're talking about height, then higher and lower definitely makes sense.

But even in this case, they make sense, if you view it from another angle.

Bounce me lower(than I am now) does not make any sense. If I'm standing at a height of 4 feet, I can bounce my child to 5 feet, or to 6 feet, but not to say, 3 feet.

But it makes sense when it's meant as - bounce me lower(than you're doing now). So, bounce me lower(to 5 feet) than you're doing now(to 6 feet).

It's unconventional, but legal.

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