- 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).
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