seize on/upon

phrasal verb

seized on/upon; seizing on/upon; seizes on/upon
: to take or use (something, such as a chance or opportunity) in a quick and eager way
His critics have seized on the scandal to call for his resignation.
She seized on the opportunity to tell her side of the story.

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“Seize on/upon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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