jump at the chance (to do something)(redirected from they jump at the chance to)
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jump at the chance (to do something)
To accept or seize with alacrity an opportunity (to do something). Mark complains about his teaching job a lot, but I knew if he were offered a tenured position in the school, he would jump at the chance. When our manager said she was leaving the company, I jumped at the chance to fill the job.
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jump at the chance, to
To seize an opportunity. Jumping at various kinds of opportunity is recorded from the seventeenth century on, often likened to how a cock would jump at a gooseberry. Sir Walter Scott particularly liked this analogy, using it for jumping at an offer and jumping at “the ready penny.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer