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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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