English version

seize on/upon something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishseize on/upon something phrasal verbINTERESTEDto suddenly become very interested in an idea, excuse, what someone says etc His every remark is seized upon by the press. seize→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
seize on/upon Phillips seized on a long ball and found himself with only Manninger to beat.Some of the students seized on a particular word, like sad, to mi5construe the whole tone of the review.But it was snuffed out just before half-time when hooker Duane Mann seized on a Rob Nolan error to score.Mattie seized upon her words, turning them to her own advantage.If he hadn't provoked the argument then he had certainly seized on it with relish.Still other companies seize on one of the cure-alls currently being widely touted and hope that it will do the trick.Anti-abortion groups have seized upon the few that have shown an adverse effect, not the many that have not.Why should the Stephens family have seized on this as an event worthy of becoming a story?
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Verb table
seize
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyseize
he, she, itseizes
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyseized
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave seized
he, she, ithas seized
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad seized
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill seize
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have seized
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam seizing
he, she, itis seizing
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you, we, theyare seizing
Past
I, he, she, itwas seizing
you, we, theywere seizing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been seizing
he, she, ithas been seizing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been seizing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be seizing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been seizing
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