seize upon something

seize upon something
ˈseize on/upon sth derived
to suddenly show a lot of interest in sth, especially because you can use it to your advantage
Syn: pounce on/upon

The rumours were eagerly seized upon by the local press.

Peter seized on her last comment.

Main entry:seizederived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • seize on something — ˈseize on/upon sth derived to suddenly show a lot of interest in sth, especially because you can use it to your advantage Syn: pounce on/upon • The rumours were eagerly seized upon by the local press. • Peter seized on her last comment …   Useful english dictionary

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  • pounce upon something — ˈpounce on/upon sth derived to quickly notice sth that sb has said or done, especially in order to criticize it Syn: seize on/upon • His comments were pounced upon by the press. Main entry: ↑pouncederived …   Useful english dictionary

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  • seize on/upon — take eager advantage of (something); exploit for one s own purposes the government has eagerly seized on the evidence to deny any link between deprivation and crime * * * seize on/upon [phrasal verb] seize on/upon (something) : to take or use… …   Useful english dictionary

  • seize on — phrasal verb seize on or seize upon [transitive, often passive] Word forms seize on : present tense I/you/we/they seize on he/she/it seizes on present participle seizing on past tense seized on past participle seized on seize on/upon something to …   English dictionary

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  • seize — W3 [si:z] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: saisir to take possession of , from Medieval Latin sacire] 1.) to take hold of something suddenly and violently = ↑grab ▪ Suddenly he seized my hand. seize sth from sb ▪ Maggie sei …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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