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pounce at

1. To physically leap or jump at (someone or something). I can't believe your cat pounced at my face! All I was doing was trying to rub its belly. Sarah could barely keep herself from pouncing at her boyfriend as he got off the train from Toronto.
2. To seize or take advantage of (something, such as a chance or opportunity) with great alacrity or enthusiasm. I understand wanting to weigh your options, but I think you'd be a fool not to pounce at the job they've offered you. I saw an opening where I might score a goal, so I pounced at it and took the shot!
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pounce at the death

sports To secure an equalising goal at the final moment of the match and so avoid defeat. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. But it was O'Grady who was destined to be the star of the match, pouncing at death in the 92nd minute of the match to equalise with the English squad and keep Ireland's tournament hopes alive.
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pounce (up)on someone or something

to spring or swoop upon someone or something; to seize someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) As Gerald came into the room, his friend Daniel pounced on him and frightened him to death. The cat pounced upon a mouse.
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pounce on

1. To jump, leap, or bound onto something or someone: The cat pounced on the mouse and killed it. We saw a falcon pounce on a rabbit.
2. To criticize or attack someone verbally: He suddenly pounced on me for not returning his book.
3. To take advantage of something enthusiastically, as an opportunity; jump at something: She pounced on the chance to move to New York and go to law school.
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The new products include Pet Zone Pounce House Cat Tunnel, designed to be portable and collapsible for easy storage; Pet Zone Romp-A-Round Floor Toy, with jingling balls and a spinning toy feather for a multi-sensory experience; Pet Zone Kitty Kicker designed to inspire cats to exercise; and Pet Zone Catnip Crinkle Discs, designed to stimulate cats' senses.
The new toys include the Pet Zone Pounce House Cat Tunnel, Pet Zone Romp-A-Round Floor Toy, Pet Zone KittyKicker, and Pet Zone Catnip Crinkle Disks.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Arsenal are reportedly set to pounce for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema with the Spanish club set to let him go at the end of the season.
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According to HBC, it is partnering with Pounce, a consumer-facing mobile app to integrate traditional media with m-commerce, providing customers the opportunity to purchase merchandise displayed in print media using tablets and smartphones.
When stalking rodents, red foxes leap high into the air to pounce on prey.
These are people who wait in dark corners around the castles and pounce on the visitors, giving them unnecessary and unwanted information about the history of the castle.
In fact, when Father Bandicoot does finally turn up, Bounce and his sister Pounce discover they can actually teach their father things, such as where to find the biggest grubs for breakfast.
Summary: Fans of Bon Jovi are getting ready to pounce on tickets as the group follow Prince by playing a residency at London's O2 Arena.
With half the season gone, Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United side appear ready to pounce on Benitez's Liverpool and Scolari's Chelsea
That keeps us in games and then it's like they get teams in a lull and pounce.
The Habit of Fire: Poems Selected & New is a collection of original poetry that recognizes the changing aspects of life itself, from the shifting soil of the earth that distorts survey measurements long after the surveyor's demise to the transition of cat ready to pounce into an indolent feline chewing grass.
Mind you I have recently come across 'playful' and discovered a demented caterpillar upon which you have to pounce to navigate the site.
Yet if Pounce doesn't pounce, Skid doesn't skid, and Dart doesn't dart, the five sculptures on view here (all 2001) do seem to be on the move, their curves and angles signaling some kind of upheaval.
Although a woman's placenta shields her fetus from most infections she carries during pregnancy, microbes sometimes pounce on a baby during or shortly after birth.