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make hay while the sun shines

Meaning: If you make hay while the sun shines, you make good use of the chance to do something while it lasts.

For example:

  • We've got a few days off work so lets make hay while the sun shines and do some landscaping around the back of the house.

  • Jim works too much, but he reckons he's just making hay while the sun shines. He says he'll slow down once he's made his fortune.

Quick Quiz:

I'd better make hay while the sun shines and do some work on my book
  1. while I have a bit of free time
  2. despite having so much else to do
  3. even though I don't feel like writing

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