DYK: Strike while the iron is hot – what does it mean?

DYK: Did you know?

“Strike while the iron” is a phrase that means to take action immediately in order to have a better chance of success. It comes from the days when blacksmiths lifted iron objects from the furnace and hammered it.StrikeWhileTheIronIsHot

They could only hammer the object into shape while the iron was hot, before it cooled down.


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