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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 on

1. To physically leap or jump on (someone or something). I can't believe your cat pounced on my face! All I was doing was trying to rub its belly. Sarah could barely keep herself from pouncing on 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 on the job they've offered you. I saw an opening where I might score a goal, so I pounced on it and took the shot!
3. To criticize, berate, or verbally attack someone. You don't need to pounce on me just because I said your favorite film is overrated!
See also: on, 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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Although Jon Parkin's shot was saved by Ian Bennett, the Preston forward pounced on the rebound to double the lead and although Mark Yeates pulled one back with his first goal for the Blades, it was not enough.
As that 1m2f Kempton trial has been scrapped, Pounced would have to head straight to the US for a trial in the Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland.
But Boro's hard work was undone deep into stoppage time when a corner bounced around in the box and Tom Lees pounced to head home a dramatic equaliser.
Suddenly, a tiger pounced on my brother and he fell down the slope of the canal.
Blues new boy O'Connor swept home a clinical left foot effort to seemingly end Keane's fine start as a Premier League boss - before John pounced to level.
WHEN GILLETTE'S JIM KILTS cited "personal reasons" for rebuffing Coke's advances, The Wall Street Journal pounced, suggesting that Kilts was fibbing and that he was really just intimidated by the long road ahead at Coke.
He was on hand to head home from a couple of yards after hit-kid Mark Gilhaney pounced on a blunder by the Queens defence and chipped over a neat cross.
Played out in front of a crowd of 1,124, Beard's side started well and created several good openings before they took the lead after 34 minutes when German ace Nicole Rolser pounced to make it 1-0 following a scramble in the box.
Lawless pounced on a MATCH REPORT - Pages 4,5 LUTON 1 WOLVES 0 IT was Hats off to Alex Lawless in Luton after he fired non-league Town into a fourth-round tie against Premier League Norwich.
Ellis pulled another back with a header midway through the half before Dan Battison pounced to snatch a point.
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.
Tambun Gediu, 60, from an Orang Asli settlement, was hunting for squirrels near his village in the Gerik Belum Forest Reserve on Saturday when the 90kg tiger pounced on him, reports the Star Online.
Ajtebi rode Godolphin's Buzzword to finish fifth in the Juvenile Turf, in which a vintage Dettori ride got Pounced home first for trainer John Gosden and owner Lady Serena Rothschild.
Jamie Wood's 33rd-minute header gave Saints a cushion, but Marc Lloyd Williams pounced two minutes later, Andrew Cale's side's first goal conceded of the campaign.