strike while the iron is hot

Definition of strike while the iron is hot

:to do something immediately while there is still a good chance to do it

Word by Word Definitions

strike play
  1. : to take a course : go

  2. : to aim and usually deliver a blow, stroke, or thrust (as with the hand, a weapon, or a tool)

  3. : to arrive with detrimental effect

  1. : a tool for smoothing a surface (as of a mold)

  2. : an act or instance of striking

  3. : a work stoppage by a body of workers to enforce compliance with demands made on an employer

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

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

  1. : during the time that

  2. : as long as

  3. : when on the other hand : whereas

  1. : until

  1. : to cause to pass especially without boredom or in a pleasant manner

iron play
  1. : a silver-white malleable ductile magnetic heavy metallic element that readily rusts in moist air, occurs native in meteorites and combined in most igneous rocks, is the most used of metals, and is vital to biological processes — see Chemical Elements Table

  2. : something made of iron: such as

  3. : shackles for the hands or legs

  1. : of, relating to, or made of iron

  2. : resembling iron

  3. : strong and healthy : robust

  1. : to furnish or cover with iron

  2. : to shackle with irons

  3. : to smooth with or as if with a heated iron

hot play
  1. : having a relatively high temperature

  2. : capable of giving a sensation of heat or of burning, searing, or scalding

  3. : having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat

  1. : hotly

  2. : fast, quickly

  1. : a period of relatively high temperature : a period of heat

  2. : one that is hot (such as a hot meal or a horse just after a workout)

  3. : strong sexual desire

  1. : heat, warm


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