to strike while the iron is hot

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - strike while the iron is hot

"to strike while the iron is hot"

to immediately take advantage of favorable conditions while you have the best chance of success


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - strike while the iron is hot

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Our current product offering is tremedously successful. When do you think we should put our next offering on sale?

Colleague 2:  Since we are in the number one spot right now and consumers are focussed on us, I would say we move right now before consumer attention shifts.

Colleague 1:  So we should strike while the iron is hot?

Colleague 2:  Yes. Right now before we lose our opportunity.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - strike while the iron is hot

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Looks like that woman you have just met really likes you.

Friend 2:  When do you think I should ask her out on a date?

Friend 1Strike while the iron is hot.

Friend 2:  You think I should ask her out right now?

Friend 1:  Absolutely. If you don't ask now while she is really enjoying your company, you take the risk that she will turn you down later.

to strike while the iron is hot - Usage:


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to strike while the iron is hot - Gerund Form:

Striking while the iron was hot, the businessman capitalized on a recent news article related to his field of endevour.

to strike while the iron is hot - Examples:

1)  ... an extended Blu-ray would probably have to be rushed in order to strike while the iron is hot for Blair Witch's theatrical release, ...

2)  ... although he conceded they have to strike while the iron is hot to beat their richer rivals to the punch.

3)  ... allow it to increase its fare again. So they decided to strike while the iron is hot and to maximise the fare increase.

4)  ... use internally generated funds from the business but if you want to strike while the iron is hot, you can also look into loans. 

5)  ... does she strike while the iron is hot, does she wait until she's seen polls showing a steady support ...

6)  Strike while the iron is hot. If they keep waiting, the Opposition will regain their unity, ...

7)  By contrast, you need to strike while the iron is hot and scoop up expansion fees while U.S. markets are interested in hockey.

8)  ... of squandering her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at global stardom if she doesn't strike while the iron is hot, experts warn.

9)  If they intend to sell, common sense suggests they should strike while the iron is hot, ...

10)  ... that kind of universal access goes away - so strike while the iron is hot.

11)  There is no next year in football though, they must strike while the iron is hot

12)  I always say you have to strike while the iron is hot, or while you're popular, ...

13)  They're only $130 and sure to sell out fast so strike while the iron is hot

14)  Our corrupt elected representatives follow the philosophy of strike while the iron is hot and indulge in loot and plunder to build their empires while in power.

15)  ... risk losing their motivation to change, you need to strike while the iron is hot.

16)  I understand they're trying to strike while the iron is hot, but sometimes I feel that they haven't necessarily taken into consideration ...

17)  When the market is hot, they want to strike while the iron is hot. When the market direction reverses, they scramble to get covered.

18)  There is a real opportunity to strike while the iron is hot and really grow employment.

19)  ... needs to take advantage of the index real fast. Strike while the iron is hot.

20)  Which means that it's time to strike while the iron is hot and cash in!