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seize upon (something)

1. Literally, to grab 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 upon the rungs for dear life. The child seized upon 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 upon my idea of developing a smartphone app to accompany our newest product. You need to seize upon opportunities like these before they pass you by.
3. To resort to some tactic or plan, as out of desperation or necessity. Jake seizes upon any reason he can think of to get out of doing his chores. You can't just seize upon any old excuse and expect that to fly in this office.
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Local architect Thomas Spiegelhalter seized upon this prosaic edict as a basis for lyrical, holistic architecture that suggests intriguing new paradigms for development.
Currently, says Steven Gross, an executive vice president at the Troy, Michigan, employee benefits outsourcing company MAVRICC Management Systems Inc., many companies have seized upon the bull market and now see stock as an attractive supplement to wages.
But like the proverbial blind men in their encounter with the elephant, Hirsch and others who have reported on the deficiencies of American high-school students have seized upon only a part of the significant phenomenon.
How sad to realize we have not seized upon children's innate curiosity and opened the door to the whole world of real nature that lies within their reach, especially in the camp setting.
Without benefit of scientific investigation, both media and legal types seized upon the stories, resulting in widespread TV coverage and a rash of lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers.
To crack the Soviet Union market, which Baccigalupi notes "does not lend itself to promotion," the CEO seized upon a line in the USSR's 1980 five-year plan which called for improving the Soviet diet.
Taken by cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths (called Alice and Iris to protect their identities) as "evidence" of their regular encounters with fairies near their home in Cottingley village, they were seized upon by such worthies as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as proof of a world beyond our ken.
Jacob's packed off to a summer camp, where he meets his hairy pal, after which the pair of you embark on an endearing and enjoyable adventure, tackling a host of brainteasers that are But this is no bad thing, as quite a few of the puzzles add their own unique spin on the well-worn formula, sprinkled with explorative interactive scenes that But here, the cracking combination of engaging, colourful characters and taxing youngster-friendly puzzles has been seized upon by Jacob Jones and While it won't win any awards for innovation, Jacob Jones is a really good-looking entry to the adventure-puzzle genre, and future episodes will no doubt build on these firm yeti-filled foundations.
Any complacency could be seized upon by the Cottagers, who will be doing their utmost to secure the victory they need to make sure of a berth in the knockout stages.
Sir David said the 45-minute claim had been seized upon because it was one of the few areas of direct intelligence reporting which intelligence agencies would allow to be included in the dossier published in September 2002, a full six months before the invasion.
emerged in a natty pair of skintight white jeans straight out of an 80s pop video and his appearance was immediately seized upon by captain Jonathan Greening.
Owen was again involved in Nunthorpe's second when his defence splitting pass was seized upon by Josh Holden, who fired it past the keeper.
Naturally, all anyone seized upon was the suggestion that five-year-olds could be taught about sex.
Richards' comments are deeply embarrassing for Scudamore but they are likely to be seized upon by Soho Square as a way of regaining some of the power that has been taken by the league and the top clubs.
The figures will be seized upon by some commentators, who claim underage drinking has been allowed to spiral out of control.