"Vertigo" partially refers to the nausea caused by observing a void, or large drop, with the overtone of the "calling of the void". Is there a similar word for capturing the feeling of strong pull towards deciding to "go for it", in the context of a soon-to-be-expired opportunity?


I think the expression seize the opportunity: may convey the idea: (from TFD)

  • take advantage of an opportunity when offered.

    • My uncle offered me a trip to Europe, so I seized the opportunity.
    • Whenever you have a chance, you should seize the opportunity.

also the sayings:

  • leap at the opportunity (to do something) and leap at the chance (to do something);

  • jump at the chance (to do something); jump at the opportunity (to do something)

As for a term to define the sense of urgency to seize an opportunity : (from Wikipedia)

  • Fear of missing out or FOMO is a form of social anxiety, whereby one is compulsively concerned that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, profitable investment or other satisfying event.
  • Yes, seize the opportunity is really close. However, I want to convey the wish / urge to do, as opposed to the action of making the leap itself Dec 2 '14 at 11:38
  • You mean a word for the sense of urgency that makes you seize the opportunity?
    – user66974
    Dec 2 '14 at 11:40
  • Yes, that's what I'm looking for Dec 2 '14 at 13:14
  • +1 for FOMO. There's also 'taking the plunge', or you could say someone is 'itching' to do something.
    – Mynamite
    Dec 2 '14 at 13:26
  • Yes, 'seize the opportunity is really close.' and 'However, I want to convey the wish / urge to do, as opposed to the action of making the leap itself' do not construe. Dec 24 '20 at 19:43

The phrase "(it's) now or never" can convey the sense that you must do something now because you will not get another opportunity to do it. Some examples from recent news headlines:

"It's now or never": Britons scramble for residency in Spain and Portugal ahead of Brexit

My health scare made me think differently, coaching Barcelona became now or never

Production linked incentives: India's now or never manufacturing moment

"Now or never": Heritage group rallies to protect 100-year-old fire station in Welland

  • This is closer, probably because of the sense of immediacy conveyed. But does it describe the urge itself, or just the evaluation of the situation obtaining? Dec 24 '20 at 19:45
  • @EdwinAshworth In some of the examples it's used to imply the motivation for a decision: Why are Britons scrambling for residency in Spain? Because they feel it's now or never.
    – augurar
    Dec 26 '20 at 23:39

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