Make Hay While the Sun Shines
The picture above shows people literally ❛making hay❜. Good quality hay can only be harvested during a period of time that is dry and, ideally, sunny. Idiomatically speaking, when you make hay while the sun shines, you ❛do something when the right opportunity and conditions present themselves❜. For example:
It is important to work hard when you are young and healthy. You have to make hay while the sun shines!
When she offered me the job, I wasn’t sure if I should take it. Then, I thought that I had better make hay when the sun shines!
Anytime that you ❛do something because the situation or conditions are right for it❜, you are making hay while the sun shines. Some headlines / blog entry titles that demonstrate the use of this English idiom are:
Turkish banks make hay while sun shines
- thenational.ae, 17 August 2010, mark Bentley
Canadian firm makes hay while the sun shines - in Germany
- theglobeandmail.com, 3 July 2012, Tavia Grant and Eric Reguly
Citi to make hay while the sun shines
- chinadaily.com.cn, 9 September 2011, Wang Xiaotian
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