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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.
See also: death, pounce

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.
See also: on, pounce

pounce on

v.
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.
See also: on, pounce
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On 58 minutes they found a second breakthrough, despite Belford's superb save from Nathan Arnold, as Berry pounced on the rebound to score.
United reduced the deficit before half-time through Jesse Lingard but Borini restored the visitors' ' two-goal advantage in the second half when he pounced on a poor backpass and netted from a tight angle.
The Beckham boys got rough as they pounced on David during the practice session, the Daily Mail reported.
Spurs grabbed the lead in the third minute when Emmanuel Adebayor pounced on Maynor Figueroa's awful back-pass, beat Gary Caldwell and crossed for Van der Vaart to sweep home.
You don't want to be pounced upon as you're passing by the pottery.
2 hit out after a Hearts fan jumped from the stand and pounced on Lenny during a 3-0 win that kept the title race alive.
Ben Thackerey pounced on some hesitant defending to draw the visitors level and Bedworth went close to taking the lead through Levi Ramsey at the start of the second period only for his header to strike the crossbar.
Kris Commons sent a ball in from the right and Rob Hulse pounced to head home from close range for his eighth goal of the season.
POUNCED, who gave John Gosden back-to-back victories in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita two months ago, is to be entered in the Kentucky Derby at next week's entry stage.
Newsome continued to improve in the second half and were rewarded when James Wallace pounced on a Sam Houseley chip through to make it 18-14.
A NINE-year-old girl was pounced on by a man who tried to drag her away as she walked to school in Redditch yesterday morning.
A low drive from Cameron Park was parried by Leeds keeper Ryan Jones, and Hawkins pounced to turn the loose ball into an empty net.
Masud, who is being treated for shock, said he fought with the tiger for about 30 minutes after it pounced on his sibling without warning.
Consett enjoyed a goals blitz when they entertained Blaydon Youth Club, rattling up doubles as Danny Bell pounced four times and David Muldoon twice.
After heading against the crossbar a minute later, John - who left St Andrew's for the north-east last season - pounced to bundle home after Ross Wallace's 90th minute free-kick.