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English definition of “strike while the iron is hot”

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strike while the iron is hot

to take advantage of an opportunity as soon as it exists, in case the opportunity goes away and does not return: He doesn't often make such offers - I'd strike while the iron is hot if I were you.
Translations of “strike while the iron is hot”
in Chinese (Traditional) 打鐵趁熱…
in Chinese (Simplified) 趁热打铁…
(Definition of strike while the iron is hot from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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