Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pounce on sth”

pounce on sth

verb [I] uk phrasal verb with pounce   /paʊns/ us  

(CRITICIZE)

to immediately criticize a mistake: He knows that his critics are waiting to pounce on any slip that he makes.

(ACCEPT)

to accept something quickly and with enthusiasm: I think if she were given the opportunity to work here, she'd pounce on it.
(Definition of pounce on sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pounce on sth?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Translations of “pounce on sth”

Word of the Day

monster

any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More