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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
References in classic literature ?
These, falling with so much force upon the diamonds, were sure to take up some of the precious stones with them, when the eagles pounced upon the meat and carried it off to their nests to feed their hungry broods.
The children had discovered the glittering hoard, and when in a mischievous mood used to fling showers of moidores, diamonds, pearls and pieces of eight to the gulls, who pounced upon them for food, and then flew away, raging at the scurvy trick that had been played upon them.
With a strange ab- sorbed light in his eyes he pounced upon Ed Thomas, he who knew Pop Geers and whose opin- ion of Tony Tip's chances was worth considering.
Sometimes they are pounced upon when in the act of setting their traps; at other times, they are roused from their sleep by the horrid war-whoop; or, perhaps, have a bullet or an arrow whistling about their ears, in the midst of one of their beaver banquets.
In the churchyard, Matilda was pounced upon by the two Misses Green.
Other Sagoths were darting hither and thither in search of other slaves, and the moment that we appeared we were pounced upon and hustled into the line of marching humans.
It was then that they came out of their lairs and pounced upon one from the dark wherein they lurked invisible.
As she passed a low table a small green grasshopper caught her eye, and instantly Billina pounced upon it and snapped it up in her sharp bill.
Looking intently that way one night, he plainly distinguished an eye gleaming and glistening at the keyhole; and having now no doubt that his suspicions were correct, he stole softly to the door, and pounced upon her before she was aware of his approach.
According to police source, accused Zafar Iqbal was tethering his cattle on the premises of the school and when Headmaster Riaz Ahmad advised him to desist from this practice the accused Zafar Iqbal pounced upon him with a club and inflected serious head injuries on him.
The boy was pounced upon on land behind Ryewraes Road, Linwood, around 11.20pm on Tuesday.
According to police source, KirnBibi wife of Bilal Ahmad had a quarrel with her brother-in-law Babar son of Allah Ditta following which they exchanged harsh words as a result of which the accused Babar pounced upon her with a knife and caused her multiple injuries.
Fear of losing leads to a negative and defensive strategy and crucially mistakes by opponents are not pounced upon, he added.
"Crucially, [the] mistakes by opponents are not pounced upon".
Fear of losing leads to a negative and defensive strategy and crucially mistakes by opponents are not pounced upon. So here are my suggestions for Sarfaraz and Pakistan team: