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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.”
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PARTICK THISTLE boss Ian McCall has revealed he told coach John Henry to jump at the chance of move to Burnley.
Ford: Be ready to jump at the chance, because guys like this come along only once-in-a-lifetime.