Definition of make hay while the sun shines in English:

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make hay (while the sun shines)

proverb Make good use of an opportunity while it lasts: they made political hay out of the issue
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  • This is one of a few occasions that provide a good opportunity for both private and governmental textile houses to make hay.
  • If our soccer players do not appreciate the privilege of having direct access to Africa's richest soccer league, then they must blame themselves for not making hay while the sun shines.
  • Talk about making hay while the sun shines: this is a place that knows how to make the most of an unusually short summer season.
make the most of an opportunity, exploit an opportunity, take advantage of an opportunity, capitalize on an advantage, strike while the iron is hot, seize the day;
Latin carpe diem
See parent entry: hay
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