make hay while the sun shines

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. iii. A4 Whan the sunne shynth make hey.

1583 B. MELBANCKE Philotimus 24 Yt is well therefore to make hay while the sunne shines.

1835 J. CARLYLE Letters & Memorials (1883) 1.21 ‘It is good to make hay while the sun shines,’ which means, in the present case..to catch hold of a friend while she is in the humour.

1924 E. BAGNOLD Serena Blandish vi. The countess’s enthusiasm was cooling. Martin..said warningly, ‘You must make hay, my child, while the sun shines.’

1999 ‘H. CRANE’ Miss Seeton’s Finest Hour xii. 100 ‘Our local garage must have made a fortune out of me since this blackout nonsense began... Mind you,’ the doctor added in a noncommittal voice, ‘I imagine they think of it more along the lines of making hay while the sun shines..’


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  • make hay while the sun shines — make the most of an opportunity, take advantage of something, strike while the iron is hot, seize the day, carpe diem. → hay * * * make hay while the sun shines To seize an opportunity while it lasts • • • Main Entry: ↑hay * * * see hay I * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • make hay (while the sun shines) — make good use of an opportunity while it lasts. → hay …   English new terms dictionary

  • make hay while the sun shines — ► make hay (while the sun shines) make good use of an opportunity while it lasts. Main Entry: ↑hay …   English terms dictionary

  • make hay (while the sun shines) — phrase to do something while a situation allows you to, because the situation may not last very long Thesaurus: to do something before someone elsesynonym Main entry: hay …   Useful english dictionary

  • make hay while the sun shines — work while the weather is good, work while we have time and helpers    There s a demand for our product, and we have a large stock. Let s make hay while the sun shines! …   English idioms

  • make hay while the sun shines — do something at the right time, not wait too long You should make hay while the sun shines and paint the house while the weather is good …   Idioms and examples

  • make hay while the sun shines — to do something while the situation or conditions are right. I ve got a few hours to finish the housework before the kids come home so I might as well make hay while the sun shines …   New idioms dictionary

  • make hay while the sun shines —    This expression is used as an encouragement to take advantage of a good situation which may not last.     Successful athletes are advised to make hay while the sun shines …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • make hay while the sun shines — Jack was a firm believer in making hay while the sun shines Syn: make the most of an opportunity, take advantage of something, strike while the iron is hot, seize the day, carpe diem …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • make hay while the sun shines — {v. phr.} To do something at the right time; not wait too long. * /Dick had a free hour so he made hay while the sun shone and got his lesson for the next day./ Compare: MAKE THE MOST OF …   Dictionary of American idioms

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