strike while the iron is hot
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strike while the iron is hot (third-person singular simple present strikes while the iron is hot, present participle striking while the iron is hot, simple past and past participle struck while the iron is hot)
- (metallurgy, blacksmithing, literally) 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.
- (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.
- When expressed in the imperative mood, this term is a well-known saying or proverb:
- Strike while the iron is hot!
act on an opportunity promptly
- Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, →ISBN, p. 309.