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What does it mean to "strike while iron is hot"?

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Answered Nov 18English
Jonathan KingtonA new, enthusiastic English teacher, specialising in TEFL.18 students helped

Literal iron is heated and then shaped immediately after its removal from the heat source. If left too long, it ceases to become malleable. To strike while the iron is hot means to act quickly, particularly if the action relates to a recent change in a situation. “Our company has been awarded a huge contract. Let’s strike while the iron is hot and ask for a raise.”