go while the going is good

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go while the going is good

1. To cease, end, or depart from something before it becomes too difficult or the consequences become too severe. Another political aide has withdrawn from the senator's office. With so much scandal brewing on the horizon, it seems like most of his staff is aiming to go while the going is good. I had a feeling that the stock market was on the brink of disaster, so I sold most of my stocks and went while the going was good.
2. To do something while it is still easy or the circumstances are still advantageous. We may not have another opportunity to do this, so let's go while the going's good. This is a pretty good deal for such a new car. If you have the money, then I say go while the going is good!
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go while the going is good

Get away while you can; make progress while conditions are favorable. This turn of phrase, a twentieth-century Americanism, appears in several popular novels of the first half of the century, among them John O’Hara’s Appointment in Samarra (1934), as well as in a letter of H. L. Mencken’s of 1916: “You would be a maniac not to go out for all that money while the going is good.”
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