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 Strike a Bargain (To).Strike while the Iron is Hot. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Strike Sail.
 
To acknowledge oneself beaten; to eat umble pie. A mari-time expression. When a ship in fight or on meeting another ship, lets down her topsails at least half-mast high, she is said to strike, meaning that she submits or pays respect to the other.   1
       
“Now Margaret
       
Must strike her sail, and learn a while to serve
When kings command.”
       
Shakespeare: 3 Henry VI., iii. 3.
 


 Strike a Bargain (To).Strike while the Iron is Hot. 

 
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