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.

Examples of seize on/upon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But those statistics have not shielded the president from voter angst over his immigration policies, something Trump aides say the former president will seize on when the two men share a stage. Toluse Olorunnipa, Washington Post, 25 June 2024 Joe Biden age and the Biden -- the Trump people will be trying to emphasize that as much, trying to portray him as someone who has no cognitive ability. RADDATZ: And seize on anything that happens. SALAMA: Absolutely. ABC News, 23 June 2024 Republicans, who have cast the Jan. 6 defendants as victims of political persecution, are likely to seize on the ruling to argue that the rioters have been unfairly prosecuted by the Justice Department., 29 June 2024 Decades later, Biden’s adversaries have been quick to seize on Hunter’s struggles to bombard him with hard-hitting political attacks that depict his whole family as corrupt. Matt Viser, Washington Post, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for seize on/upon 

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“Seize on/upon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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