Coin that Phrase: Strike While the Iron is Hot

Have you ever heard the phrase “strike while the iron is hot”?

Around the Simpson Street Free Press newsroom, we hear the phrase often. It means that if you have an opportunity, you should seize it instead of letting it slip out of your grasp.

This phrase originated from the blacksmith trade because if the blacksmiths did not shape iron before it cooled, the opportunity to mold it into something was be lost. One way the phrase could be used, for example is, “if you have a good idea, strike while the iron is hot.”