Strike while the iron is hot

Explanation: What is an idiom?

Take advantage of an opportunity before the chance passes you by.


"I don't know what's the matter with my boss."


"Well, all of a sudden he's being really nice to everybody."

"How strange."

"Yeah, last week he bought cakes for everyone. I mean it wasn't even anyone's birthday, and then today he let everyone go home half-an-hour early."

"Did he have a bandage on his head?"

"No, he seems perfectly normal in every other way, just, nice. It's really strange."

"Well, this is your perfect opportunity to ask for a pay rise."

"Yeah, I know, I was thinking about that."

"Well, stop thinking about it and start doing it. Strike while the iron is hot. He'll probably turn back into being a monster next week."

"Yeah, you're probably right. Drink?"


Blacksmiths were the people who made horses shoes. They had to heat iron until it became red-hot, and, once the metal was hot and therefore soft, beat (strike) it into shape before it cooled down. If you want to make shoes for horses easily, you therefore had to strike while the iron was hot. We nowadays use this idiom for any situation which needs prompt action.

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