leap at the chance (to do something)

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leap 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 leap at the chance. When our manager said she was leaving the company, I leaped at the chance to fill the job.
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And he leapt at the chance of a season-long loan with St Johnstone.
English rugby's chief wind-up merchant styles himself as the "Archbishop of Banterbury", so leapt at the chance to meet the Most Revd Justin Welby yesterday.
Sir Elton John, Dame Shirley Bassey, Simon Cowell, Boy George and Amanda Holden all leapt at the chance to lead tributes at a star-studded night full of inspirational characters and emotional stories.
Eric, who also runs an upmarket restaurant in Lindley called Eric's, said he had leapt at the chance to open his second burger place.
When the opportunity came up for me to take up a role as store director at North Shields I leapt at the chance!" Eddie was delighted when his colleague Louise Thompson recently graduated as a fully qualified dispensing optician.
"When I heard about the tenancy, I leapt at the chance. It was a great opportunity to broaden my experience and increase in scale without intensifying the home farm.
Sarah said: "I'm proud of working for National Grid and when the opportunity arose to climb a pylon and for a very worthy cause I leapt at the chance.
AN Olympic long jumper leapt at the chance to give youngsters some sporting tips.
So offered the chance to exercise at my desk I leapt at the chance - not literally as my feet were strapped in.
"As someone who cares about the fortunes of the BBC and the Midlands, I leapt at the chance to get involved in our plan to reinvigorate BBC Birmingham."
said: "We were delighted when we heard that Francesco's restaurant was to host this event and that he had decided that the critics should use Welsh Lamb as the main course, so we naturally leapt at the chance to support him.
"This hub is designed to foster the creative industries - I provide support to them, so when this property became available, I leapt at the chance.
Which is why, when the opportunity arose to witness a heart surgery and take a tour around the cardiac sector of BDF hospital, my friends and I leapt at the chance to learn something about the standard of medical care on the island.
I leapt at the chance to experience something unique and raise money for our charity."
Bock played Dionysus in a Shotgun production of The Bacchae more than a decade ago and leapt at the chance to pen something for the theatre's 20th anniversary.