Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the medieval church in England, a gold or silver thumb-stall placed upon the thumb of a bishop's right hand after it had been dipped in chrism or holy oil, used out of reverence for the hallowed oils and in order to avoid soiling his vestments until he had washed his hands. Also poncer, ponser, ponsir, thumb-stall.
- n. Same as pounce, 2.
- n. One who pounces.
- pounce + -er (Wiktionary)
“The pouncer makes an inane comment trying to say that the economy must suck since the markets bounced because of a change in the Treasury Secretary — a “trivial event.””
“STEWART: And use little Japanese brushes, these are little stencil pouncer brushes.”
“Take your little pouncer brush, and then very gently pounce -- not ...”
“When I lived Down Below, we had a cat who was a counter-pouncer, and we cured his habit with a spray bottle of water.”
“I am not becoming ratty,' said the slouching pouncer, becoming very ratty indeed.”
“Doone, in his quiet way a pouncer, said meaningfully, 'You yourself, sir, have all the knowledge and the tools for tampering with your boathouse.”
“With a demon bowler in front of yer sending 'em down like hundred-tonners, and a blarmed cat of a wicket-keeper on the grab just at your back, not to mention a pouncer at point, it puzzles the best of them to get 'em away, though "in a position of greater freedom and less responsibility," practising at the nets, to wit, with only the ground-bowler and a few scouts fielding, they may punish 'em properly.”
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