seize on


Also, seize upon.

1

Grab or take hold of suddenly, as in He seized on the bell rope and started to pull vigorously, or She seized upon every opportunity to present her side of the story. [Late 1600s]

2

Resort to some action, especially out of dire necessity, as in He seized upon any excuse, no matter how farfetched.

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