make hay while the sun shines

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To act while an opportunity exists; to take action while a situation is favorable.

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  • Hay harvest can be spoiled by wet weather. It is important that farmers seize the opportunity of dry weather for haymaking tasks. Especially in medieval times, when forecasting the weather several days in advance was more difficult, it was all the more vital. Attested since 1546, originally a Tudor expression, and used figuratively since 1673.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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faire les foins pendant que le soleil brille

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