To seize on


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To seize on to fall on and grasp; to take hold on; to take possession of suddenly and forcibly.
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In literature:

His trained mind was prompt to seize the fact that these interviews took place on a basis different from that of their meetings in the past.
"The Wild Olive" by Basil King
I was suddenly seized with such sharp fever that I entirely lost consciousness; a bruised foot may have contributed to bring this on.
"Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826 Vol. 2" by Lady Wallace
Panic seized him, and he turned his back on Miss Maine and devoted himself to Mary.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. VI., No. 6, May, 1896" by Various
He was just rushing to seize his prize, when the three Norman pages came suddenly on the scene.
"The Rival Heirs being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune" by A. D. Crake
Seamen on navy and pirate ships raided captured vessels to seize personal possessions of the Spanish on board.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The first step I took was to seize on two large double sailing canoes, which were in the cove.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 14" by Robert Kerr
A wild longing seized him to crawl on and over into those windows.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
His property was seized; he was driven from home; and, on permission to return, was required to cease preaching.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
Pretexts have been seized to subjugate all these villages, and levy tribute on them, to such amount as can be secured.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803" by E.H. Blair
Mr. Seward threatened to have the Peerless seized on Lake Ontario.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I. February, 1862, No. II." by Various

In poetry:

So lightly leap'd with furious force
The gentle knight to seize,
But met his tall uplifted spear,
Which sunk him on his knees.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
And the hag had work'd the daughter up
To murder her old mother,
That then she might seize on all her goods,
And wanton with her lover.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
Well, let them seize on all they can: —
One treasure still is mine, —
A heart that loves to think on thee,
And feels the worth of thine.
"Oh, they have robbed me of the hope" by Anne Bronte
Then answer this, ye sages!
Nor deem I mean to wrong ye,
Had the rat, which thus did seize on
The Trap, less claim to reason,
Than many a skull among ye?
"The Rape of the Trap. A Ballad" by William Shenstone
Yea, made of chance and all a labouring strife,
We go charged with a strong flame;
For as a language Love hath seized on life
His burning heart to story.
"Hymn To Love" by Lascelles Abercrombie
Then all who had hands sought their share to obtain,
The young and the aged made haste to appear;
The husbandman seized on the fruits of the plain,
The youth through the forest pursued the fleet deer.
"The Division Of The Earth" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

A federal judge on Tuesday approved the neutering of dozens of fighting dogs seized from Michael Vick's rural home and the appointment of an expert to decide the animals' future.
DURING HIS closing argument Tuesday in the trial of Sabina Rose O'Donnell's alleged killer, a city prosecutor seized on DNA evidence that linked Donte Johnson to her 2010 rape and murder.
Democrats seize on Ryan visit to woo voters.
Republicans seize on weak GDP report, build case to avert 'looming tax hikes'.
Republicans and Democrats seized on a new report estimating that automatic budget cuts will cost the economy 2 million jobs to level election-year charges that underscored the deep political divide over how to avert the looming crisis.
Investors seized on hope that Washington will reach a deal on the federal budget and drove stocks Monday to their biggest gain in two months.
The founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload was granted bail and released on Wednesday after a New Zealand judge determined that authorities have seized any funds he might have used to flee the country.
Seizes on jobs data while pushing plan to help veterans.
Yesterday I reported on Flint police seizing dogs that were believed to be used in dog fights.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government tanks backed by attack helicopters swept into Aleppo on Saturday as the regime launched an assault to regain control of the country's largest city a week after rebels seized several neighborhoods.
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He may never have uttered the words, "Carpe Diem," but he taught me early on to seize the day.

In science:

Conversely, in our attempt to get a conceptual grip on physical space we seize on the reals as a set that appears to contain sufficiently many elements to “fill” a continuous line and thus to possess its continuity.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm