pounce VERB 1) spring or swoop suddenly so as to seize or attack. 2) take swift advantage of a mistake or sign of weakness.
NOUN an act of pouncing.
ORIGIN originally denoting a tool for punching, later a claw or talon: origin uncertain.

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  • pounce — [ pauns ] verb intransitive 1. ) to quickly jump on or hold someone or something: They pounced on their suspect. 2. ) to react in a very sudden way, especially by criticizing someone: White House aides pounced on the remark. ╾ pounce noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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