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 Strike while the Iron is Hot.Stripes. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
String.
 
Always harping on one string. Always talking on one subject; always repeating the same thing. The allusion is to the ancient harpers; some, like Paganini, played on one string to show their skill, but more would have endorsed the Apothecary’s apology—“My poverty, and not my will, consents.”   1
 


 Strike while the Iron is Hot.Stripes. 

 
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