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N1 Lesson 6: 16/17
とばかり(に) とばかり(に) as if (to say), seeming that ばっかり, ばっか, ばかし, and ばっかし are all fairly common casual variations of ばかり
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  • (A) ばかり(に) (B) is a written expression used to emphasize that someone (other than the speaker/writer) does (B) with an appearance/mood as if their real intention were to say (A). (B) is often a very meaningful/symbolic or dynamic action like gestures, facial expressions, and so on.
  • It is a contraction of 「いわんばかり(に)」- "as if (about to) say". ここぞとばかりに is the most common phrase using this expression.
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《小説(しょうせつ)》 なかなか目(め)にかか美(うつく)し景色(けしき)なので武(たけし)はこことばかりにカメラ手(て)、撮影(さつえい)し
Novel: It's a beautiful scene that you don't see very often, so Takeshi took the opportunity to grab his camera and take some pictures.
ここ in this context means "now", as in "now is the moment I have been waiting/aiming for" and ぞ is used to emphasize determination. Therefore these expressions can be translated to "take advantage of the opportunity" or "grab the opportunity"
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