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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But they felt hard done by as Toby Jones had a second-half effort contentiously ruled out by the offside flag after seizing onto a loose ball when a free kick from debutant Yalany Baio had struck the home wall.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson had opened the scoring for Reading the 16th minute after seizing onto Sone Aluko's fine pass.
Downing cut in from the left after seizing onto Albrighton's pass and coolly beat Robinson with a shot into the far corner of the net.
The giant Serbian himself guaranteed the points, seizing onto a mistake by Charlie Adam to make it 2-0 from inside the six-yard box.
Rooney, seizing onto Emile Heskey's knock-down, was a whisker wide of pulling one back before the break, yet the damage had already been done.
Seizing onto a pass from Steven Pienaar, McFadden - desperate to impress on his first start since October 31 skipped away from Martin Skrtel but his cross to Johnson, who had the goal at his mercy, was cut out by Nicolas Lombaerts.
Joe Cole had a golden opportunity to put England ahead inside the first minute after seizing onto a probing ball over the Colombian defence from Jenas.
Arsenal's first goal arrived after 10 minutes through Ljungberg who clipped the ball over Thomas Sorensen after seizing onto Edu's pass.
Scholes could have made it 2-0 after seizing onto a low cross from Giggs but he sent his shot from barely 10 yards over the crossbar.
Vassell might have done better after seizing onto a mistake but after bursting into the area his shot lacked direction and power.
It got worse for Tottenham 12 minutes after the break After Stephen Clemence had cleared off the line there was nobody to rescue Spurs through when Bowyer, seizing onto a loose ball after Harte's long throw caused mayhem, drove his shot at goal and Viduka cleverly spread his legs to let the ball go through and beyond the unsighted Sullivan.
Seizing onto the growth potential of storage, the chain installed the category into its offering on a year-round basis and has steadily broadened its selection.
Milner's 23rd minute strike the result of a stunning counter attack, the forward seizing onto a perfect ball from Stewart Downing for his seventh goal of the season.
The frustration was there for all to see as St Albans' substitute Paul Hakim snatched the late winner seizing onto the ball after County's improved rearguard had blocked two other efforts in the build-up.
Vassell continued to look dangerous and, after seizing onto one pass from Jeffers, he again shrugged off the attention of Touzani and saw his close-range effort parried by Van Den Ban.