Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb expression, cogliere la palla al balzo, which means to seize the opportunity. See the expression used below in its context:
Quando Genoveffa ha detto che aveva delle vecchie coperte di cui sbarazzarsi ho colto la palla al balzo e ho chiesto se poteva darle a me. Posso portarle al canile e darle ai cani che le usano come lettiere o per coprirsi quando fa freddo.
When Genevieve said she had some old blankets to throw out, I seized the opportunity and asked if she could give them to me. I can bring them to the kennel and give them to the dogs that use them as bedding or for covering themselves when it is cold out.