- The cat pounced on it and took the meat to the back of the bar, under a pool table with a scarred, green felt surface.
- One of the monkeys pounced on a woman holding a child, biting her arm before leaping back into the tree.
- I was quite happy with that, so I couldn't believe it when the dog pounced on my dog.
- Suddenly her pounced on her and they both went under and came up laughing.
- We were escorted into this dressing room, where all these people pounced on us with cases of make-up and racks of clothing.
- I wanted to jump up and hug Jimmy tightly, but he already pounced on me.
- Pedants pounce on such tell-tale signs that what purports to be an image of Shakespeare is really an idealised image of the biographer himself.
- Critics will pounce on their every mistake as evidence that paying teachers for performance is a bad idea.
- Then the Tigers pounce on opponents' mistakes.
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- The time between the pounce and the jump seemed an eternity, although it was only seconds.
- Really and truly it was never going to end in this contest against a home side, who have won their last number of games on the pounce.
- Intensely intimate couplings, ballistic kicks, feral pounces and feisty rolling hips raise the energy level in his Philadelphia rehearsal studio into the red zone.
Late Middle English (as a noun denoting a tool for stamping or punching): origin obscure, perhaps from puncheon1. The noun sense 'a bird's claw' arose in the late 15th century and gave rise to the verb (late 17th century).
Words that rhyme with pounceannounce, bounce, denounce, flounce, fluid ounce, jounce, mispronounce, ounce, pronounce, renounce, trounce
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Late 16th century (as a verb): from French poncer, based on Latin pumex 'pumice'.
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