pounce

pounce
pounce [pauns] v
[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: pounce [i]'claw' (15-19 centuries), probably from puncheon 'pointed weapon' (14-20 centuries), from Old French poinchon]
to suddenly move forward and attack someone or something, after waiting to attack them
The cat was hiding in the bushes, ready to pounce.
pounce on
Kevin pounced on Liam and started hitting him.
>pounce n
pounce on / [pounce on sb/sth] phr v
1.) to criticize someone's mistakes or ideas very quickly and eagerly
Teachers are quick to pounce on students' grammatical errors.
2.) to eagerly take an opportunity as soon as it becomes available
When they offered O'Leary the chance to become manager, he pounced on it.

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  • Pounce — Pounce, v. i. To fall suddenly and seize with the claws; with on or upon; as, a hawk pounces upon a chicken. Also used figuratively. [1913 Webster] Derision is never so agonizing as when it pounces on the wanderings of misguided sensibility.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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