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take time by the forelock

To act decisively; to accept an opportunity without hesitation. If time is pictured with just a forelock of hair, then it can only be grabbed as it comes toward you, not as it leaves. What are you waiting for? Take time by the forelock and accept that fantastic internship! My anxiety usually keeps me from taking time by the forelock.
See also: forelock, take, time


showing too much respect towards someone who is in a high position As the General marched in, the collective forelock-tugging began.
References in classic literature ?
Let me water you first,' he went on, speaking to the horse just as to someone who understood the words he was using, and having whisked the dusty, grooved back of the well-fed young stallion with the skirt of his coat, he put a bridle on his handsome head, straightened his ears and forelock, and having taken off his halter led him out to water.
absently pulled at his forelock some hours after a Saracen scimitar
If kingdom move thee not, let move thee zeal And duty--zeal and duty are not slow, But on Occasion's forelock watchful wait: They themselves rather are occasion best-- Zeal of thy Father's house, duty to free Thy country from her heathen servitude.
Arnold Brinkworth, may you always be as ready to take Time by the forelock as you are now
Please, sir," he said, touching his forelock, "I have the cab downstairs.
I am not surprised that the suggestion that our children should be compelled to stand and sing it has come from "one of our would-be masters" who would have us back to the good old forelock tugging, bowing and scraping, "walk in the gutter, know your place" days.
The Jordanian actress unashamedly chopped off her locks in a French style of one side buzzed off and the other side with an elongated forelock.
I am also told, that because we are in the EU, the forelock must be tugged to offer the construction of it, to other European countries.
Those physically capable of doing so immediately bent the knee before him, touching forelocks (those who had enough forelock to touch).
To tug the forelock, accept what we are given and, above all, not to rock the boat.
Mr Hughes said: "When they start, some of the students don't know what a forelock is so it is an anatomical teaching aid.
I advise all students to catch the time by its forelock and keep flying with the same momentum.
30pm) which will see News At Ten's Julie Etchingham tug her forelock as she joins Princes William and Harry on their joint charity tourofsouthernAfrica.
He's very unpopular and seen as some sort of throwback to the days of forelock tugging and colonialism.
There is not a moving creature, but He hath grasp of its forelock.