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Strike while the iron is hot

DEFINITION

(Old fashioned) Make fast actions or decisions.  Act now as required before the opportunity passes. A  hot iron, whether for ironing clothes or bending hot steel, must occur while the iron is hot because when it is cold, the action fails, so the phrase (very Shakespearean) implies that one can not wait or ponder a decision or action. (Compare  to Window of opportunity.)

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