strike while the iron is hot

EnglishEdit

VerbEdit

strike while the iron is hot

  1. (literally metallurgy) To strike a hot piece of metal, especially iron, with a mallet or other tool before it cools, while it is still hot enough to be shaped.
  2. (idiomatic) To act on an opportunity promptly while favorable conditions exist; to avoid waiting.
    We should strike while the iron is hot and order some immediately, before they change the offer.

Usage notesEdit

  • When expressed in the imperative mood, this term is a well-known saying or proverb:
    Strike while the iron is hot!

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ProverbEdit

strike while the iron is hot

  1. Take advantage of opportunity.

ReferencesEdit

  • Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, ISBN 0-679-44554-4, p. 309.
Last modified on 18 February 2014, at 15:30