seize on(to) (something)

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seize on(to) (something)

1. Literally, to grab, grasp, or hold onto something intensely or with a lot of strength. He had a panic attack halfway up the ladder due to his fear of heights and seized on for dear life. The child seized onto her father's arm during the scary parts of the film.
2. By extension, to accept, adopt, or undertake something with great enthusiasm or zeal. The boss decided seized onto my idea of developing a smartphone app to accompany our newest product. You need to seize on opportunities like these before they pass you by.
3. To resort to some tactic or plan, as out of desperation or necessity. Jake seizes onto any reason he can think of to get out of doing his chores. You can't just seize on any old excuse and expect that to fly in this office.
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seize (up)on something

 
1. Lit. to grasp something tightly. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Dave seized upon the knob of the door and yanked hard. I seized on the railing and held on tight.
2. Fig. to accept or adopt something, such as a plan, idea, etc. I heard her ideas and seized upon them immediately. The committee seized on my plan at once.
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seize onto someone or something

to grab onto someone or something. The beggar seized onto the well-dressed gentleman and demanded money. Tony seized onto the doorknob and gave it a hard jerk.
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seize on

Also, seize upon.
1. Grab or take hold of suddenly, as in He seized on the bell rope and started to pull vigorously, or She seized upon every opportunity to present her side of the story. [Late 1600s]
2. Resort to some action, especially out of dire necessity, as in He seized upon any excuse, no matter how farfetched.
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seize on

or seize upon
v.
To take notice of something, especially because it can be used to one's advantage: The newspapers seized on the mayor's foolish remark and said that he wasn't fit for the job.
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When Hazard saw a shot charged down on the edge of the box, he seized onto the loose ball and raced forward before putting over a low cross which Pedro steered home at the back post to open the scoring after 17 minutes.
First Michael Richens left Connor helpless on 58 minutes with a cracking 30-yard strike before Stevens seized onto a misplaced pass from Eli Bako to slot the ball beyond the Stratford keeper from a narrow angle.
Lebanon winger Zreik seized onto a loose pass from the Tripoli defense before surging into the box and firing past Nazih Asaad.
Boro might have snatched the opener on 53 minutes when Adomah seized onto a defensive error.
The home team dominated after the equaliser and after loose play from Vidal, Smith seized onto the ball before curling home impressively from just outside the area to give Cheltenham the lead with just six minutes remaining.
The home team dominated after their equaliser and after loose play from Vidal, Amavi-Morgan Smith seized onto the ball before curling home impressively from just outside the area to give Cheltenham the lead with just six minutes remaining.
The victim and two contract workers were attempting to remove an impeller that was seized onto the threaded shaft of a centrifugal pump.
Dani Alves, from 30 yards, was the first to threaten and then Neymar seized onto a chance but the Manchester City keeper blocked the shot at close range.
Sissoko supplied the telling pass which was seized onto by Cisse.
And Liverpool went ahead on the stroke of half-time as Adam Morgan seized onto a deft back-heel flick into the box to round Ripley and score.
In blocking his confirmation, Republicans seized onto Berwick's comments about the British National Health Service as a possible "example" for the United States.
Just 24 at the time, Giggs seized onto the loose ball and took off.
Hugo Rodallega put Wigan in front in the second half but the lead did not last long as Johan Elmander seized onto Kevin Davies' knockdown to score his fifth goal in five away games and the match ended 1-1.
The woodwork denied them again on 29 minutes when Dion Smith headed a Tattersley cross against a post, but a minute later the lead was increased as Scott Fulton seized onto a loose ball to drive in from the edge of the box.