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seize

An equipment failure in which moving parts stick or jam because of friction, pressure, or excessive temperature.
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Beside these are many other woodlands in Nottingham and Derby, Lincoln and York, amid any of which Your Majesty might as well think to seize upon Robin Hood as to lay finger upon a rat among the dust and broken things of a garret.
Before thee lie the Sheriffs men and behind thee the King's men, and thou canst not hope to pass either way, for by this time they will know of thy disguise and will be in waiting to seize upon thee.
HOW typical of Newcastle City Council to seize upon a plan to extort more money from the beleaguered motorists to fill the coffers of the council, using the excuse that the profits would be used for the roads.
Now, following lifting of the sanctions in January, Western automakers are looking to seize upon the opportunity in the country.
"If a project like this succeeds, the freight forwarding community will seize upon it," says Brandon Fried, executive director of the Airforwarders Association.
Some voters will seize upon any sound bite to confirm their prejudgments, but truly thoughtful and independent voters understand that any campaign is a marathon conducted in the glare of the media spotlight, where poorly worded questions, noise, misunderstandings, and personal agendas can distort candidates' words.