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jump at (something)

To accept or seize with alacrity (an opportunity). 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 opportunity to fill the job.
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jump at someone or something

to jump in the direction of someone or something. The frog jumped at me, but I dodged it. The cat jumped at the leaf as it fell from the tree.
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jump at something

Fig. to seize the opportunity to do something. (See also leap at the opportunity (to do something).) When I heard about John's chance to go to England, I knew he'd jump at it. If something you really want to do comes your way, jump at it.
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jump at

Also, jump at the chance; jump at the bait. Take prompt advantage of, respond quickly to an opportunity. For example, When Dad said he'd help pay for my vacation, I jumped at the offer, or When the lead singer became ill, Sheila jumped at the chance to replace her, or They offered a large reward, hoping that someone would jump at the bait. [Mid-1700s]
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jump at

1. To leap or bound toward someone or something: The security guard jumped at the attacker.
2. To take advantage of something enthusiastically, as an opportunity; respond quickly to something: We jumped at the chance to invest in the project.
3. To make a sudden verbal attack on someone; lash out at someone: The students jumped at the speaker during the lecture.
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Woods' cousin, senior Jameka Taylor, was the area leader in the long jump at 17-5 and second in the triple jump at 38-0 3/4.
Best of the rest: Oliver Jackson of Royal, the state leader in the long jump at 24-4-3/4, will be looking for his second consecutive Masters Meet title.
Jackson, the defending Southern Section Masters Meet long jump champion, leads the nation in the long jump at 24-4-3/4.
Eliashvili, who earlier won the long jump at 15 feet, 5 inches, and sophomore Zinaida Beverly placed first and third in the triple jump at 35-2 and 30-8, respectively, to boost the Braves to victory.
Some conversations are inspiring, like the one Jackie Joyner-Kersee had with Carl Lewis after he won the long jump at age 35.
On June 30, 1936, just one month before the Olympics, she was permitted to jump at Adolf Hitler Stadium in Stuttgart, the last major Olympic trial.