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seize the moral high ground

To claim, purport, or make it appear that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are morally superior to those espoused by others. The senator always tries to seize the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
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seize the moment

To take full advantage of life's opportunities whenever and wherever they present themselves; to live life to one's full potential. I've tried to get the most out of life by always seizing the moment. That's how I ended up living in Europe and fell in love with your father!
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seize onto someone or something

to grab onto someone or something. The beggar seized onto the well-dressed gentleman and demanded money. Tony seized onto the doorknob and gave it a hard jerk.
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seize someone or something with something

to grab someone or something with something. The robot seized Roger with its mechanical claws. The dockworker seized the cable with a long hook.
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seize something up

to grab or take something. The crow seized the freshly hatched chick up and flew away. The huge bird seized up the tiny chick.
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seize the opportunity

to take advantage of an opportunity when offered. My uncle offered me a trip to Europe, so I seized the opportunity. Whenever you have a chance, you should seize the opportunity.
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seize up

to freeze or halt; to grind suddenly to a stop. The engine seized up, and the car coasted to a stop. My knee seized up in the middle of a football game.
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seize (up)on something

 
1. Lit. to grasp something tightly. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Dave seized upon the knob of the door and yanked hard. I seized on the railing and held on tight.
2. Fig. to accept or adopt something, such as a plan, idea, etc. I heard her ideas and seized upon them immediately. The committee seized on my plan at once.
See also: on, seize

seized with something

Fig. affected suddenly by something, such as laughter, coughing, sneezing, fits of rage, etc. Suddenly, I was seized with a fit of coughing. Mary was seized with laughter at the sight of Ted in a clown suit.
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seize up

to suddenly stop moving or working I hit two keys at the same time and my computer just seized up. Her leg seized up and she had to be carried out.
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seize the day

  (formal)
to use an opportunity to do something that you want and not to worry about the future Seize the day, young man. You may never get the chance to embark on such an adventure again.
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seize on

Also, seize upon.
1. Grab or take hold of suddenly, as in He seized on the bell rope and started to pull vigorously, or She seized upon every opportunity to present her side of the story. [Late 1600s]
2. Resort to some action, especially out of dire necessity, as in He seized upon any excuse, no matter how farfetched.
See also: on, seize

seize up

Come to a halt, as in The peace talks seized up and were not rescheduled. Originally, from about 1870 on, this term was applied to a machine of some kind that jammed or locked, owing to excessive heat or friction. Its figurative use dates from about 1950.
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seize on

or seize upon
v.
To take notice of something, especially because it can be used to one's advantage: The newspapers seized on the mayor's foolish remark and said that he wasn't fit for the job.
See also: on, seize

seize up

v.
To fuse or stick together with another part and become unable to move normally, especially as a result of high pressure or temperature: The car's engine seized up due to a loss of oil.
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Supplemental funding can also help us to seize opportunities to translate the recent victory for democracy in Ukraine into successful governance.
The proceeds theory allows the government to seize property that represents the proceeds of certain specified unlawful activities.
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But sometimes redevelopment agencies need to seize property if it is particularly blighted, he said.
That means, says Grantlin, that law enforcement agencies will have to clarify whether they believe assets are proceeds from illegal activity before they freeze or seize them and that they may not be able to conduct a civil forfeiture after a criminal acquittal.
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Operation Payback 2 was launched to seize the profits of career criminals and low-level offenders who benefit from organised crime.
Marshals Service permission to seize the hotel without prior notice to the owners.
IN DECEMBER, THE SUPREME COURT made it tougher for law-enforcement agents to seize property from innocent owners.
Using a warrant to locate and seize a single piece of evidence, such as a firearm or crack cocaine, may be a fairly simple matter.
All the government needs to establish its right to seize the property is "probable cause," the same flimsy standard needed to get a search warrant.
As further details, RA bazaar police station held Saqib and seized 135 gram chars from his possession, City police held Sakhi Zaman and seized 1 bottle of alcohol, Taxila police held Mubashir and seize 10 bottles of alcohol, Civil line police held Amir and seized 30 bore pistol, Gojar Khan police held Bilal and seized a pistol of 30 bore and Kalar Syedan police held Shahid and seized 32 bore pistol while Wah Cant police held Zameer Ahmad and seized a knife from his possession.
Customs and Excise and police have joined forces in a bid to seize the vast proceeds of criminal activity being brought into London from elsewhere in the UK.
1) Yet, while the Court invalidated the search that occurred in that particular case, all nine Justices nevertheless agreed that under certain conditions, police may lawfully seize nonthreatening contraband detected through the sense of touch during a protective patdown search.
For this reason, law enforcement and RIAA investigators are now more likely to seize raw materials than finished music product.