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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A sudden attack, leap, or swoop, such as that of an animal attacking its prey.

Usage examples (38)
  • Happiness does not light gently on my shoulder like a butterfly. She pounces on my lap, demanding that I scratch behind her ears.
  • She raises her arm high, her elbow cocked and ready to pounce, that is, stab.
  • A contributor to Biased-BBC a "pounce" makes some interesting points about the BBC's biased reporting of this issue
  • Not reaching for the winged one but in a kind of pounce and retreat pattern as if she played with some prey in a cruel fashion. for more
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