window of opportunity

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - window of opportunity

"window of opportunity"

a brief period of time when an opportunity exists


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - window of opportunity

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I just discovered a small niche in a market segment that our competitors have not yet filled.

Colleague 2:  That's great. We should really take advantage of the opportunity. Let's get a product out there before our competitors.

Colleague 1:  I am sure that our window of opportunity is quite small. There is no way that our competitors are not working on something as well.

Colleague 2:  Then let's get right on it before we lose our chance.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - window of opportunity

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  Has the neighbor returned your lawnmower yet?

Husband:  No. And he has had it for almost a week and I need to cut the grass.

Wife:  Well, take a look. You lawnmower is sitting right out in their backyard. Let's just go and get it.

Husband:  Sounds like a plan. She has just left to go shopping and no one is home right now.

Wife:  But he gets home from work in about ten minutes.

Husband:  Alright. We have this very narrow window of opportunity. I am going to go and take our lawnmower back right now.

window of opportunity - Usage:


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window of opportunity - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for window of opportunity.

window of opportunity - Examples:

1)  ... progress in the courts toward eliminating exclusionary zoning. By the mid-1970s, the brief window of opportunity for integrating the nation's metropolitan areas had closed.

2)  ... this transit will take a much longer time than the solar eclipse so the window of opportunity to view the rare event is quite large.

3)  ... your window of opportunity was measured in months; if you backed Intel, your window of opportunity was measured in decades.

4)  Our window of opportunity to resign him was back during spring training for a new contract.

5)  Ironically, about the time I got it, the window of opportunity to use it in my professional life closed. 

6)  ... and start slashing prices early in December. And it is a precise window of opportunity. In the week or so before Christmas, toy prices shoot back ...

7)  ... residents are being allowed in to get belongings. No word on how long this window of opportunity will last. 

8)  ... of values you want to instill. We need to take advantage of this "window of opportunity" with young children and talk with them earlier and more often, ...

9)  There is still a window of opportunity between the malware coming out and a database update coming out to protect ...

10)  Our window of opportunity for action is beginning to close. We do not have much time.

11)  ... want to be standing here two years from now, wondering how we missed this window of opportunity.

12)  This was the narrow window of opportunity to change course, but it is lost now.

13)  ... looking at those tasks as opportunities and the deadline as a "window of opportunity" can force us to get in gear, make the decisions that ...

14)  My window of opportunity to play professional hockey is limited.

15)  There is a window of opportunity with dogs from 7-16 weeks, where you can imprint them to all ...

16)  But scouting won't miss its small window of opportunity to teach lifelong lessons to its youth.

17)  ... is resulting in a smaller window of opportunity for contractors to perform roadwork without impacting peak period traffic flow.

18)  After a natural disaster strikes, there's only a tiny window of opportunity to rally effective recovery efforts before the world turns their attention elsewhere.

19)  ... wired to learn languages, we have a capacity to learn but if a narrow window of opportunity for learning a language is missed that the child will never learn.

20)  If you have no money, your window of opportunity to develop a new app is very small.