make hay while the sun shines


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make hay while the sun shines

To take advantage of favorable conditions; to make the most of an opportunity when it is available. We finally have the full group assembled, so let's make hay while the sun shines and get this thing done. The skiing conditions won't be this good for another several months, so let's make hay while the sun shines.
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Make hay while the sun shines.

Prov. If you have an opportunity to do something, do it before the opportunity expires. Jane: While my husband's out of town, I'm going to watch all the movies he wouldn't take me to see. Jane: Why not? Make hay while the sun shines.
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make hay while the sun shines

Take advantage of favorable circumstances, as in Car sales have finally improved so we're making hay while the sun shines. This expression alludes to optimum dry weather for cutting grass. [Early 1500s]
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make hay while the sun shines

If you make hay while the sun shines, you take advantage of a good situation which is not likely to last. With house prices at an all-time high, both property developers are making hay while the sun shines. You've got to make hay while the sun shines — and it doesn't shine long in a sporting life. Note: You can also just say that someone makes hay. The New Zealand media made hay with the issue.
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make hay while the ˈsun shines

(saying) make the best use of opportunities and favourable conditions while they last: Opportunities for starting your own business will never be better, so make hay while the sun shines and go and see your bank manager today.
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If we came from nothing and are going nowhere, then our purpose is to make hay while the sun shines.
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Meanwhile, four-year-old Lisa Brewster, from Bearsden, near Glasgow, ignored the advice to make hay while the sun shines.
Yes, Merlin Entertainment, the firm which owns most of the country's top theme parks (Legoland, Alton Towers etc), may have to make hay while the sun shines.
Despite having a mouth-watering salary and inflation-proof pension that the real hardworking men and women of this country can only dream of attaining, they go through their contract with a fine tooth comb, searching for ways to make hay while the sun shines.