← French Proverbs

Il faut battre le fer pendant qu'il est chaud

English translation of Il faut battre le fer pendant qu'il est chaud

Strike while the iron is hot

This French proverb translates directly as 'Strike while the iron is hot'. It is a metaphorical saying that refers to the idea of taking advantage of an opportunity when it presents itself, because it may not last long. In a literal sense, it relates to the process of blacksmithing, where iron is easier to shape when it's heated. If you wait too long, the iron will cool and become hard to work with.

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