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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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In the Rachel case, toddler Alex revealed the man grabbed him before pouncing on Rachel.
Because of the rather narrow limits apparently set by director Colin Graham, Brandstrup's choreography has less impact and individuality than in his own works, where he incorporates gesture and narrative in well-defined nuances of movement within a pouncing, pantherlike flow.
Furry nestled lion cubs turn into a furious tangle of chasing, pouncing, ear gnawing, and tail chomping.
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Place spiny plants such as holly or an uncomfortable surface around the base of the bird table to stop cats sitting underneath and pouncing.
The Exiles started slowly but there was only one side in it after Craig Reid gave Newport the lead, pouncing pounced when home goalkeeper Charlie Mitten had fumbled a Sam Foley cross in the 20th minute.
The omens were not good for Maesteg as early as the fifth minute after Andrew Hutchings and Gareth John had collided in going for the same ball - Ponty full-back Lawrence Price pouncing to crash over for an unconverted try.
The robbery follows a raid at a Safeway store in London Road, Whitley, Coventry, last month where crooks fled with pounds 20,000 after pouncing on staff filling a cash machine.
THERE'S nothing like the Mighty Quinn - big Niall pouncing in the final minute to grab a Sunderland victory and take them 11 points clear at the top of the First Division.
Nevertheless a current surfaces, the "scientific" approach, based upon the newer technical and technological tools, like infrared reflectography and the study of pouncing, which also mirror an interest in techniques, as the kinds and combinations of instruments used by the artist to produce his drawing, for example.
They waited until staff were distracted before pouncing.