|Origin:||pounce 'claw' (15-19 centuries), probably from puncheon 'pointed weapon' (14-20 centuries), from Old French poinchon|
The cat was hiding in the bushes, ready to pounce.
Kevin pounced on Liam and started hitting him.
—pounce noun [countable]
pounce on somebody/somethingphrasal verb
to criticize someone's mistakes or ideas very quickly and eagerly:
Teachers are quick to pounce on students' grammatical errors.
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.