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seize the moral high ground

To claim, purport, or make it appear that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are morally superior to those espoused by others. The senator always tries to seize the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
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seize the moment

To take full advantage of life's opportunities whenever and wherever they present themselves; to live life to one's full potential. I've tried to get the most out of life by always seizing the moment. That's how I ended up living in Europe and fell in love with your father!
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seize the day

To take the opportunity to do something at the present moment without worrying about the future. This is our time. Let's seize the day! We may never get a chance to do this again.
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seize up

To come to a sudden, unexpected stop and become immovable. I was so dehydrated that my leg seized up in the middle of the hike. The machine keeps seizing up. Have you checked the oil levels recently?
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seize something up

to grab or take something. The crow seized the freshly hatched chick up and flew away. The huge bird seized up the tiny chick.
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seize up

to freeze or halt; to grind suddenly to a stop. The engine seized up, and the car coasted to a stop. My knee seized up in the middle of a football game.
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seize up

Come to a halt, as in The peace talks seized up and were not rescheduled. Originally, from about 1870 on, this term was applied to a machine of some kind that jammed or locked, owing to excessive heat or friction. Its figurative use dates from about 1950.
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seize the day

If you seize the day, you do what you want straight away, without worrying about the future. I can't wait ten years. Life has taught me to seize the day, if not the hour. He knows he might never get another chance of soccer glory and is determined to seize the day. Note: This is a translation of the Latin phrase `carpe diem', which is also sometimes used.
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seize the day

make the most of the present moment.
This expression is a translation of Latin carpe diem , originally a quotation from the Roman poet Horace.
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seize up

v.
To fuse or stick together with another part and become unable to move normally, especially as a result of high pressure or temperature: The car's engine seized up due to a loss of oil.
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A training agenda should include topics of mutual interest such as legal issues, investigative techniques, and the mechanics of seizing and disposing of assets.
Seizing agencies shall strictly comply with all applicable legal requirements governing seizure practice and procedure.
Seizing entities shall have a manual detailing the statutory grounds for forfeiture and all applicable policies and procedures.
Seizing entities retaining forfeited property for official law enforcement use shall ensure that the property is subject to internal controls consistent with those applicable to property acquired through the normal appropriations processes of that entity.
Seizing agencies shall strive to ensure that seized property is protected and its value preserved.
AB: In seizing truths, philosophy may come to consider itself the sole, synthetic source of all possible truth.
Delgadillo said the legal standards for seizing a vehicle are lower than those for convicting a defendant of a crime.
Bill Robertson, assistant director of the Bureau of Street Services, said officers use discretion in seizing vehicles and issuing tickets.
1) After seizing 70 dogs from Valley streets, the West Valley Animal Shelter has been forced to euthanize several of the pets while holding others as evidence.
A day after seizing a large cache of guns from a Porter Ranch man, detectives and federal agents said Tuesday they are investigating the possibility he sold guns illegally to adults and teen-agers.
The officers are seizing more guns than they have before,'' said Fred Tuller, Valley coordinator of CRASH - the Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums unit.
McKeon's bill would require the IRS to get permission from an independent panel before seizing a taxpayer's property, an idea suggested by Lancaster attorney William Walsh at McKeon's Jan.
Sheriff's deputies raided a home here Tuesday, seizing $250,000 in stolen property and breaking up a stolen-car ring that ran in the San Fernando Valley and South Central Los Angeles for more than a year, detectives said.
You wouldn't want them coming to your house and seizing things the way they did it here,'' Hogg said.