seize upon

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To take possession of or claim as one's own; to assimilate, absorb, annex, co-opt.
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After the controversy of her public statement, she has been the darling of right-wing groups who have seized upon her as the poster child of their cause.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'seize upon':

seize uponTo grasp or take hold of suddenly, forcibly, or tightly.
seize uponTo take up, embrace, enact, or turn eagerly to; to grasp, understand, and accept quickly; to adopt wholeheartedly or vigorously.
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