This is an old saying that means the opposite of “strike while the iron is hot.” Sometimes you worry too much about not letting an opportunity escape, and you don’t take time to think about what you are doing. This can get you in trouble! So this proverb tells us to make sure we understand the situation before acting. The key is to know when you should follow “strike while the iron is hot,” and act quickly without stopping too long to think, and when you should follow “look before you leap,” and take time to observe and think about the situation.



Modern English Phrase of the Week #10: Look before you leap