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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
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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.
As soon as he approached the former premier, security guards standing nearby pounced upon him, beating him up mercilessly.
Meanwhile, the accused pounced upon him and allegedly attacked Umar Hayat with an axe and killed him on-the-spot.
The watchman threw light of torch on the vehicle in a bid to identify the riders when 4-5 policemen pounced upon him, they said.
Thereupon, the accused allegedly pounced upon him and thrashed him with clubs as a result of which he fell unconscious and was shifted to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.