make hay (while the sun shines)

Definition of make hay (while the sun shines)

  1. :  to get value or use from an opportunity while it exists :  to not waste an opportunity These good economic conditions won't last forever, so investors need to make hay while the sun shines.

Word by Word Definitions

makeplay
  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

    :  brand

    :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

  1. :  herbage and especially grass mowed and cured for fodder

    :  reward

    :  bed

  1. :  to cut, cure, and store hay

    :  to feed with hay

whileplay
  1. :  a period of time especially when short and marked by the occurrence of an action or a condition :  time

    :  the time and effort used (as in the performance of an action) :  trouble

  1. :  during the time that

    :  as long as

    :  when on the other hand :  whereas

  1. :  until

  1. :  the luminous celestial body around which the earth and other planets revolve, from which they receive heat and light, which is composed mainly of hydrogen and helium, and which has a mean distance from earth of about 93,000,000 miles (150,000,000 kilometers), a linear diameter of 864,000 miles (1,390,000 kilometers), and a mass 332,000 times greater than earth

    :  a celestial body like the sun :  star

    :  the heat or light radiated from the sun

  1. :  to expose to or as if to the rays of the sun

    :  to sun oneself

shineplay shines
  1. :  to emit rays of light

    :  to be bright by reflection of light

    :  to be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished

  1. :  brightness caused by the emission of light

    :  brightness caused by the reflection of light :  luster

    :  brilliance, splendor


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