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 ?
You wanted to go to sea, but he jumped at the chance of accommodating your desire with a vengeance.
In his secret heart the Prince got tired of his mother's constant talk on this subject; and when one day she quitted the palace to attend to some business, begging him never to go beyond the grounds, he at once jumped at the chance of disobeying her.
Here was luck indeed, and, needless to say, I jumped at the chance.
IANS Sonam Kapoor says she jumped at the chance to work with filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani in the upcoming biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt.
He said: "When I heard about Daniel's wish to meet Finn, I jumped at the chance to make it come true.
Brighton, who has been out for a year with a knee injury, said: "When Barry called last week I jumped at the chance.
Car nut Barrowman jumped at the chance to drive the latest Prodrive Impreza N2009 during the Wales Rally GB.
The 47-year-old, who quit the hit TV medical series in 1999 for movies, jumped at the chance to come back.
A source said: "She jumped at the chance and they are planning to meet up soon.
BSW manager Alan Griffiths said: "We jumped at the chance to have the computers as it was such a kind thought.
The Brinks jumped at the chance to plant and tend their own circular plot when the staff suggested the idea to them a month ago.
WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY DECIDED TO offload its entire IT infrastructure to a third-party vendor, William Ted jumped at the chance to prove himself worthy of the project.
Frankel said he realized he had a preference for the retail deals he was handling and when, in 1987, a position came up at the corporate headquarters of McDonald's--which owns and leases all of its properties--he jumped at the chance.
When I learned of the Lumina Foundation for Education providing $300,000 to implement Equity for All in a small number of community colleges, I jumped at the chance to help fund the project and spread the participating institutions over a broader spectrum of our college taxonomies.
I jumped at the chance to get him when Wigan offered him on loan, and I jumped at the chance to sign him for the next three seasons when he said he would be interested.