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Physical ActionPlay
Used to describe an actual, quick movement typically by animals, including humans during sports or play. SlideThe goalkeeper pounced on the ball.
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Literal UsePlay
Most often used literally for a physical attack or capture, not just any sudden movement. SlideThe tiger pounced out of the bushes.
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Emphasizes an element of surprise, the attack is usually unexpected. SlideThe player waited until the last second to pounce.