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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David, seizing the opportunity, deposited his reserve of lozenges in the ground and hastily swept some earth over them.
It is a moment of despair, and your evil genius, seizing the opportunity, suggests to you some of the most idiotic remarks that it is possible for a human being to perpetrate.
The grants are part of the Liberal National Government's Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund, made possible by the Royalties for Regions Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative.
Seizing the opportunity to make a bit of cash, she began to fashion soap bars moulded into teddies, fish and other characters and started selling them online on China's equivalent of eBay.
Feb 19, 2013 BRUSSELS, (SANA) Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, stressed on Monday that Moscow and Washington are convinced in the necessity of seizing the opportunity provided by negotiations between the Syrian Government and the opposition.
Some New York State providers are seizing the opportunity rather than viewing the change as problematic.
Or is it that women are less accustomed to seizing the opportunity? Dance Magazine contributing writer Rita Felciano spoke to eight women ballet directors about how they came into their current positions and the challenges they face.
Commercial insurance buyers, angered by allegations of anti-competitive and fraudulent activities--and seizing the opportunity created by the bright spotlight now illuminating the insurance transaction process--are demanding substantive changes.
Sneak thieves are seizing the opportunity to burgle open homes and workplaces during the warmer weather.
Seizing the opportunity, Hawthorne took off running, but as he reached the yard of his house and glanced over his shoulder, he saw the coyote loping after him.
"We are pleased with the indisputable success of the sales program, demonstrating that buyers are seizing the opportunity to live the brilliant, full service lifestyle offered at One Central Park condominiums," said David J.
The 12th Earl of Dunmore made his maiden Lords speech after flying in from Tasmania, seizing the opportunity before he loses his right to sit in the House.
But instead of seizing the opportunity to make a more complicated argument than Rude had done, Haydon in the end retreats to a more simplistic one, arguing that there was nothing to the Gordon riots but anti-Catholic prejudice.
Seizing the opportunity, Kathy points to me and says, "Look, he found a big nut!" I laugh, then go back to my work...
The State Government today launched a $20 million program that will support increased investment in the agrifood sector, as part of the Government's $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative.