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Strike while the iron is hot

This page is about the saying "Strike while the iron is hot".

Possible interpretation: Seize the opportunity! When we have the chance to do something, we should do it immediately. Otherwise it will be too late.

Note: strike (verb) = hit very hard and deliberately | iron (noun) = a strong, hard, grey metal

Origin: This saying refers to the blacksmith who works with iron. First he heats the iron until it is red hot and soft. Then he immediately hits the iron with his hammer to change its shape. If he waits, the iron becomes cold and hard again, and he cannot shape it.

Quick Quiz:

The saying "Strike while the iron is hot" advises us to

a. go on strike

b. use a hot iron

c. seize opportunities

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Contributor: Josef Essberger