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 ?
Don't you give me an excuse for potting you now, or I'll jump at the chance! My last bottle of '84 - you miserable blackguard - you unutterable beast!"
She's just bought a house in the county and now former Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison says she'd "jump at the chance" to be on The Only Way is Essex.
Austin, 23, would jump at the chance of going to the elite level after coming through the lower divisions.
how could I not jump at the chance to be involved in such a great project?"
Summary: American teen actress Abigail Breslin loves spending time in London, and would jump at the chance to live on this side of the Atlantic.
The 42-year-old, who is based in Arizona as a coach at Sereno Soccer Club, began his career with the Dons before spells with Rangers and Leeds and would jump at the chance to replace sacked Mark McGhee.
ANYONE who is awarded a pay increment of pounds 24,000-a-year is in a very fortunate position (Mail, October 14) but Geoff Inskip, chief executive of the West Midlands transport authority, should be ashamed of himself having the gall to accept it at a time when workers within the West Midlands have been made redundant at no fault of their own, who would jump at the chance to work for Centro for even a lesser amount.
JOSE MOURINHO would jump at the chance of managing Manchester United should the Old Trafford hierarchy decide he is the man to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Evening Times has reported that the 31-year-old midfielder is desperate to quit German side Energie Cottbus, relegated from the German Bundesliga, and would jump at the chance to follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman and friend Stilian Petrov by signing on at Parkhead.
The Bluebirds need to sign a goalkeeper to compete with Peter Enckelman for 2009-10 - and Heaton would jump at the chance to stay.
STEVEN GERRARD would jump at the chance to occupy the same roving role for England that he has carried out with such stunning success at Liverpool.
FORMER Hearts hero Rudi Skacel admits he would jump at the chance of a return to the SPL.
NTONIO VALENCIA'S agent claims he has not had any contact with Real Madrid but admits the Wigan winger would jump at the chance to secure a move to the Bernabeu.
Thousands across the country would jump at the chance of such a home.
Ford: Be ready to jump at the chance, because guys like this come along only once-in-a-lifetime.