seize the opportunity (to do something)

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seize the opportunity (to do something)

To accept or pursue an opportunity (to do something) with alacrity or conviction. Mark complains about his teaching job a lot, but I knew if he were offered a tenured position in the school, he would seize the opportunity without hesitation. When our manager said she was leaving the company, I seized the opportunity to fill the vacancy. You should have been seizing the opportunity to move someplace new and exciting—instead, you decided to just stay in the same town you've always known.
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seize the opportunity

to take advantage of an opportunity when offered. My uncle offered me a trip to Europe, so I seized the opportunity. Whenever you have a chance, you should seize the opportunity.
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Having a general idea of America as a country where the population was chiefly black, it appeared to him the most propitious destination for an emigrant who, to begin with, had the broad and easily recognizable merit of whiteness; and this idea gradually took such strong possession of him that Satan seized the opportunity of suggesting to him that he might emigrate under easier circumstances, if he supplied himself with a little money from his master's till.
So David, with a promptitude equal to the occasion, drew out his box of yellow lozenges, lifted the lid, and performed a pantomime with his mouth and fingers, which was meant to imply that he was delighted to see his dear brother Jacob, and seized the opportunity of making him a small present, which he would find particularly agreeable to the taste.
She was a little revived, however, by his bringing back his coffee cup himself; and she seized the opportunity of saying,
I seized the opportunity of slightly shifting my position, which had become cramped, and then listened.
Philip gladly seized the opportunity of executing the designs he had long planned against the liberties of Greece.
Thinking that he did this to give me an opportunity of taking his Walworth sentiments, I seized the opportunity as soon as we were out of the Castle.
Thereupon the duke seized the opportunity of practising this mystification upon him; so much did he enjoy everything connected with Sancho and Don Quixote.
But I cherished a hope that all would turn out a dream, and seized the opportunity, as we raised the coach, to jam two of my fingers under the wheel, trusting that the pain would awaken me.
Nor are they only destroyed from without, but also from within, when those who have no share in the power bring about a revolution, as happened to Gelon, and lately to Dionysius; to the first, by means of Thrasybulus, the brother of Hiero, who nattered Gelon's son, and induced him to lead a life of pleasure, that he himself might govern; but the family joined together and endeavoured to support the tyranny and expel Thrasybulus; but those whom they made of their party seized the opportunity and expelled the whole family.
Subconscious Self seized the opportunity to become offensive again.
Wardour seized the opportunity of quarreling with him.
In the interval of silence Julian seized the opportunity of remonstrating with Grace.
His outraged self-esteem seized the opportunity of vindicating Mercy by a public bestowal of the gift.
PC Tess Heath said: "The women seized the opportunity to seize the statue, worth over PS3,000, at a time when gallery staff were busy with a delivery."
President Rodrigo Duterte seized the opportunity to praise both chambers of Congress - Senate and House - at the 60th birthday bash of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez here.