leap at the chance (to do something)

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leap 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 leap at the chance. When our manager said she was leaving the company, I leaped at the chance to fill the job.
See also: chance, leap
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So when a friend asked me if I would do some singing on her new album, I leaped at the chance.
Yesterday, 41-year-old Phil said he leaped at the chance to stock the guitars and was already getting calls from musicians across the country keen to get their hands on the new range.
When the company asked him to relocate to Alabama, Wiley leaped at the chance.
When the opportunity came to situate themselves alongside Helmut Lang, Bagutta Life and Ferregamo, they leaped at the chance," said Jeffrey D.
When Emerson gave Thoreau permission to stay at a pond on a piece of his property outside town, Thoreau leaped at the chance.
The 25-year-old star says she was tired of saving everyone else on screen and leaped at the chance to play ditsy Daphne.
The opportunity to jump from a T1 to 100 Mbps Ethernet connection for just a few dollars more doesn't come around often, so when it did, the IT staff at North Kitsap School District (NKSD) in Washington leaped at the chance.
Hoy leaped at the chance to race there but during his final outing on the track, he crashed after two riders ahead of him tangled their handlebars.
But Mandan leaped at the chance to join the mayhem.
The producer of the hit London show, Christopher Malcolm, said: "Jason leaped at the chance.