Idiom: Window of Opportunity


What would you do?

Question: It’s another beautiful day in South Africa’s Kruger National Park and you’re hanging out with a herd of your family and best friends. Suddenly you’re about to become lunch for two hungry cheetahs. What do you do?

Answer: Take the first window of opportunity of course!

This video is simply amazing and it’s the coolest visual example I’ve ever seen for explaining the expression, “window of opportunity.” Click below to see the video and learn more about this English expression.

Just when it seems the impala is cornered by the cheetahs, he manages to escape by jumping into a car through an open window.

Did you have any trouble understanding the announcer? If so, click here for the transcript.

As you can see the impala was just moments away from being caught when he suddenly found this unexpected window of opportunity.

A window of opportunity is an opportunity to do something that is only available for a short period of time.

It’s something that you need to do quickly and seize the moment before the chance passes by.

Although the cheetah entered through the car window he quietly exited through the door. Can you imagine how surprised the passengers must have been to get a hitchhiker in the middle of their safari tour?

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of this video? Share your thoughts and try to create your own sentence using the expression window of opportunity.

For more idioms, check out the main idioms page here.


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