Definition of strike while the iron is hot in US English:

strike while the iron is hot

phrase

  • Make use of an opportunity immediately.

    • ‘I will have to organise this within the first three or four days of the holidays mind you - it is important that I strike while the iron is hot.’
    • ‘Once the procurement is decided, we had better strike while the iron is hot.’
    • ‘The important point to remember is to strike while the iron is hot - that is, take advantage of the opportunity before it is too late.’
    • ‘The time has to be right for us to take someone on and we have to strike while the iron is hot.’
    • ‘We need to strike while the iron is hot, and show them how angry and betrayed we feel.’
    • ‘It's also important to strike while the iron is hot because it doesn't take long for the price tags to start dipping as the days turn into weeks in free agency.’
    • ‘I think it's important to strike while the iron is hot.’
    • ‘It is in the nature of industrial action that it can be promoted effectively only so long as it is possible to strike while the iron is hot; once postponed it is unlikely to be revived.’
    • ‘It seems to be an attempt to strike while the iron is hot, to capitalize on the current popular interest in war.’
    • ‘We'd like to strike while the iron is hot and do something on a long-term basis if at all possible.’