strike whilst the iron is hot

strike whilst the iron is hot

To make most of an opportunity or favourable conditions while one has the chance to do so. (A less common variant of "strike while the iron is hot.") Primarily heard in UK. This sounds like a pretty amazing deal they're offering. If I were you, I'd strike whilst the iron is hot. I deliberated too long before accepting the job offer, and now they've given it to someone else. I should have struck whilst the iron was hot.
See also: hot, iron, strike
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Tangerine Trees can strike whilst the iron is hot in the Harriet The Pint Sized Fighter Memorial Veterans' Stakes at Goodwood.
Conversely, Lislevane Champ bounced back to winning form with a wide-margin six-bend win last time and Jim Reynolds' dog can again strike whilst the iron is hot, although kennelmate Armani Rose also has to enter calculations.
Linda Mullins certainly knows how to strike whilst the iron is hot and El Hombre posted the fastest heat time on Monday just 48 hours after his Gold Collar exertions.