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To have, or to take advantage of an opportunity - thesaurus




to get help or an advantage from something



to obtain a benefit or have a positive feeling when you do something



to get a benefit or advantage for yourself



to use a situation so that you get benefit from it, even if it is wrong or unfair to do this

jump at

to take an opportunity that is offered to you in a very enthusiastic way



to take advantage of an opportunity when it happens

take advantage of something

to use a situation or opportunity to get what you want

make capital out of something

to get an advantage from a situation, especially a bad situation

seize an opportunity/chance

to act quickly in order to use an opportunity that may not be available later

leap at the chance/opportunity/offer

to accept something quickly and in an enthusiastic way

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be onto a good thing

to have found an opportunity to become very successful or make a lot of money

capitalize on

to use an event or a situation to help you to achieve something or to get an advantage



formal to have something as a benefit or advantage



to have the opportunity or be able to do something

get/have a look-in

Britishinformal to get an opportunity to take part in something or show how well you can do something

get/keep/stay ahead (of the game)

to react quickly so that you gain/keep an advantage

get out of

to get pleasure or a benefit from something

get your foot/toe in the door

to get an opportunity to start working in an organization or business, especially when this will give you more opportunities in the future

have it both ways

to want to have the benefit from two possibilities when you can only choose one

in the right place at the right time

to be somewhere at a time when you can take advantage of an opportunity

lie with

if something such as power or a decision lies with someone, they have power or the right to make a decision

make a virtue of something

to get benefits by accepting a situation that you cannot change and using it to your advantage

make of

to use chances and opportunities in order to be successful

make the most of something

to use a good situation to get the best possible result



to get a lot of personal advantage or benefit from something, especially in a dishonest way



informal to quickly take something, or to take some advantage

not/never miss a trick

to notice every opportunity and use it

on someone’s coattails

using someone else’s success to get an advantage for yourself



showing disapproval the actions of someone who takes every opportunity to gain an advantage and is willing to behave in an unfair way



showing disapproval someone who takes every opportunity to gain an advantage and is willing to behave in an unfair way

press something home

to make full use of an advantage that you have over someone

profit from

formal to get an advantage from a situation

score off

to gain an advantage over someone

score points

to gain an advantage over other people, especially by saying or doing something that makes a particular person or group of people like you

seize on

to use something in an enthusiastic way in order to gain an advantage

snap up

to immediately take advantage of an opportunity



to quickly take the opportunity to do something

strike while the iron is hot

to take advantage of an opportunity before the situation changes

trade on

to get an advantage by making use of something



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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