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catch the wave

To enjoy the advantage or benefit of a particularly successful, popular, fortunate, interesting, etc., moment or period of time. Jonathan was totally uncool at school until he caught the wave of his sister's celebrity after she was cast in that movie. The popular Internet artist caught the wave of support from her fan base to launch an incredibly successful crowd funding campaign for her new project.
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catch the wave

If you catch the wave, you act quickly in order to use an opportunity, especially an opportunity to do something new. We knew we had to catch the wave now or be left behind in the future. The venture relies on catching the wave of interest generated by the Tolkien films. Note: Surfers need to catch a wave just as it breaks in order to ride it successfully.
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Charter schools in California continue to face obstacles, and the state needs to take some steps to ensure that the state "catches the wave" of charter-led innovation and improvement.
Once the reader catches the wave, more of the same is available in StoryMaze II: The Eye of Ulam, StoryMaze III: The Wooden Cow, and StoryMaze IV: The Golden Udder.
Once he catches the wave's momentum (the mass of an object multiplied by its speed and direction), Mel likes off on his board.