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To Strike While the Iron Is Hot (Origin)

What Is the Origin of the Saying "To Strike While the Iron Is Hot"?

Meaning to take early action, the term strike while the iron is hot derives from a blacksmith striking a horse shoe when the temperature of the metal was exactly right. If the blacksmith would wait too long then the metal would cool and would become more difficult to shape.



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