Strike while the iron is hot to make most of an opportunity or favorable conditions while one has the chance to do so this sounds like a pretty amazing deal theyre offering if i were you id strike while the iron is hot i deliberated too long before accepting the job offer and now theyve given it to someone else i should have struck while the . To strike while the iron is hot is to act decisively and take an opportunity when it arises whats the origin of the phrase strike while the iron is hot this old proverb clearly alludes to the imagery of the blacksmith or farrier at his forge if he delays in shaping the iron when it is hot a pliable the metal soon cools and hardens and the . If you strike while the iron is hot you act quickly while there is the best chance of succeeding at something this is the week to get plans off the ground its time to strike while the iron is hot in order to get the recognition you have to strike while the iron is hot. To strike while the iron is hot metallurgy blacksmithing literally to strike a hot piece of metal especially iron with a mallet or other tool before it cools while it is still hot enough to be shaped to act on an opportunity promptly while favorable conditions exist to avoid waiting. Take advantage of favorable conditions as in they just made a huge profit so lets strike while the iron is hot and ask for some money this adage alludes to the blacksmiths forge late 1300s also see make hay while the sun shines
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