jump at the chance (to do something)

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jump at the chance (to do something)

To accept or seize with alacrity an opportunity (to do something). Mark complains about his teaching job a lot, but I knew if he were offered a tenured position in the school, he would jump at the chance. When our manager said she was leaving the company, I jumped at the chance to fill the job.
See also: chance, jump
References in classic literature ?
You wanted to go to sea, but he jumped at the chance of accommodating your desire with a vengeance.
Brighton, who has been out for a year with a knee injury, said: "When Barry called last week I jumped at the chance.
Car nut Barrowman jumped at the chance to drive the latest Prodrive Impreza N2009 during the Wales Rally GB.
WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY DECIDED TO offload its entire IT infrastructure to a third-party vendor, William Ted jumped at the chance to prove himself worthy of the project.
Frankel said he realized he had a preference for the retail deals he was handling and when, in 1987, a position came up at the corporate headquarters of McDonald's--which owns and leases all of its properties--he jumped at the chance.
When I learned of the Lumina Foundation for Education providing $300,000 to implement Equity for All in a small number of community colleges, I jumped at the chance to help fund the project and spread the participating institutions over a broader spectrum of our college taxonomies.
I jumped at the chance to get him when Wigan offered him on loan, and I jumped at the chance to sign him for the next three seasons when he said he would be interested.
When a Special Olympics team was formed, Andrew literally jumped at the chance to join.
With the completion of the project, when Cedar Lake offered their theater, DRA jumped at the chance.
The French striker failed to cement a first-team place at Old Trafford following his pounds 2m move from Sunderland in July 2003 and jumped at the chance to join West Ham on a season-long loan.
When the Fullam family decided to start a new business venture to market more directly to consumers, she and her sister-in-law Claret Fullam jumped at the chance.
However, when the opportunity arose to implement a similar program in Compton, she jumped at the chance.
Pastor Julie, winter camper extraordinaire, jumped at the chance.
The Norwegian international jumped at the chance to become Graham Taylor's third experienced signing in the last week after being frozen out of Glenn Hoddle's first-team picture for the past 12 months.
Burghardt jumped at the chance to make systematic observations as the youngster grew up.