Iron when it is red-hot is more easily bent and moulded than when it is cold. It should be struck before it has had time to cool down. Hence ‘to strike while the iron is hot’ is to choose the right moment to act, or to take advantage of a sudden opportunity.
‘My boss,’ said Amanda ‘is a rather bad-tempered man. Yesterday I caught him in a good humour for once and asked him for a day off. Was I surprised when he said yes!’
‘Lucky you struck while the iron was hot, ‘laughed Trevor.
- Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
- He that will not when he may, when he will he shall have nay
- He who hesitates is lost
- Hoist your sail when the wind is fair
- Life is short and time is swift
- Make hay while the sun shines
- Opportunity seldom knocks twice
- There is a tide in the affairs of men ...
- Time and tide wait for no man