opportunity knocks

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opportunity knocks

A major opportunity to find success presents itself or becomes available. You have to be ready to act if opportunity knocks, or you might end up regretting it forever. It was hard leaving my parents and all my friends from high school, but when opportunity knocked to attend school overseas, I knew I had to seize the chance.
See also: knock, opportunity

opportunity knocks

a chance of success occurs.
This expression comes from the proverb opportunity never knocks twice at any man's door or opportunity knocks but once . The form of the saying with opportunity dates from the late 19th century, but fortune was used in the early 19th century and a version of the saying is recorded in medieval French.
See also: knock, opportunity
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All of them heard opportunity knocking on their collective doors, and they opened them.
The state senator for Manteo, sensing economic opportunity knocking on his districts door, gladly agreed to sponsor the bill.
Hearing the sound of opportunity knocking loud and clear, Cotton (Jim Rash) quickly lays claim to the supply of tobacco and immediately begins to peddle his wares to the instantly addicted colonists.
Present owner is too spread so this is opportunity knocking.
When the markets make a sizable drop, users of PCA (Position Cost Averaging) hear opportunity knocking.
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