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British pronunciation/tˈeɪk tˈaɪm baɪ ðə fˈɔːlɒk/
American pronunciation/tˈeɪk tˈaɪm baɪ ðə fˈɔːɹlɑːk/
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to act quickly in order to use an opportunity

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to [take] time by the forelock definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "take time by the forelock" and when to use it?

The idiom "take time by the forelock" has its origin in ancient Roman mythology. In Roman mythology, there was a figure named "Tempus" or "Opportunity," often depicted as a young man with wings on his feet and a forelock of hair on his forehead. The forelock represented the fleeting nature of time and opportunity. The phrase "take time by the forelock" is a direct reference to this depiction and reflects the idea of seizing opportunities before they pass by. It is often used in motivational or inspirational contexts to encourage individuals to be proactive and make the most of favorable circumstances.

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The entrepreneur understood that timing was crucial in the market, so he took time by the forelock and launched his innovative product before competitors could catch up.
Knowing that opportunities for advancement are scarce, she took time by the forelock and applied for the promotion without hesitation.
Recognizing the importance of networking, he made sure to take time by the forelock and introduce himself to key industry professionals at the conference.
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