To seize upon


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

He chuckled to himself at the eagerness with which Albion had seized upon the fancy of his shooting Miss Hart.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Even in his religion she felt him to be a brigand, trying to seize with greedy hands upon the promises and the joys of another world.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
But when I saw him about to get upon the bed beside her, I sprang out, seized him in her very arms, and slew him.
"The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. IV. (of V.)" by Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
Before Mrs. Maxwell spoke, a nervous vibration seemed to seize upon her whole body.
"Jane Field" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Little ones have a wonderful faculty for seizing upon what suits them and leaving the remainder for their elders to discuss.
"Forgotten Books of the American Nursery" by Rosalie V. Halsey
Neither Jem nor I took upon us to inform her, and we were both seized with anxiety to know what was at the window.
"We and the World, Part I" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Whenever you can discover any resources, seize upon them: I shall not interfere to prevent you.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
First, Mr. Hastings received a positive order to seize upon Mahomed Reza Khan.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
She attempted, by some playful remark, to remove the feeling of embarrassment which had seized upon both parties.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCLXXVI. February, 1847. Vol. LXI." by Various
A party of cavalry rode up the other day, and were about, as usual, to seize upon some cattle.
"Orange and Green" by G. A. Henty

In poetry:

A devilish chain upon the wheel
Had seized him by the leg;
It was no use to kick and squeal,
It was no use to beg.
"The Epic Of The Hog" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Coy Hebe flies from those that woo,
And shuns the hands would seize upon her;
Follow thy life, and she will sue
To pour for thee the cup of honor.
"Hebe" by James Russell Lowell
Or as the wily sailors crept
To seize (while on the Deep it slept)
The hapless creature which did dwell
Erewhile within the dancing shell,
They steal upon their prey.
"Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803" by William Wordsworth
You tempter--No--Were they the precious things
Of the whole universe, I will not touch them
Until you promise me to seize upon
Such an occasion as heaven gives not twice.
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
She played,
And gleaming fingers touched the keys,
As if upon their souls she played,
While the mad desire grew fierce to seize
Them in the Bastile, swiftly made
Of my strong hands.
"A Memory Tone" by James Edwin Campbell
Nought could resist his mighty will,
The green grass withered where he stood;
His ruthless hands were prompt to seize
Upon the tresses of the trees;
Then shrieked the maidens of the wood,
And the saplings of the hill.
"The Year-King" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Like a child who feels neglected, the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has seized upon a juvenile way to win some extra attention: make trouble.
When the bicycle first gained popularity in the 1880s, intrepid daredevils were quick to seize upon it as a tool of exploration and an indicator of resourcefulness.
Though their campaign to repeal Obama's Affordable Care Act has failed to gain much traction in Congress, Republican officials are already seizing upon ways to opt out of the new health law.
Charles Taylor, leader of the rebel National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) waves to recruits 28 May 1990 upon seizing the port of Buchanan, 200 kms (120 miles) from the capital Monrovia.
Sonn seizes upon opportunity to coach at Goodpasture.
A dubious milk scandal in Australia demonstrates how quickly marketers can seize upon public fears to serve corporate interests.
Like bees swarming to a honey pot, Europe's extremist parties have wasted no time in seizing upon the Eurozone crisis to garner an electoral boost.

In science:

First of all, they write (pg. 278): “It is certainly not desirable to conflate a process’s complexity with the complexity of whatever apparatus connects the process to the variables we happen to have seized upon as handles”.
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"