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Pronunciation: /heɪ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
Grass that has been mown and dried for use as fodder.
Example sentences
  • Here we plant a mixture of alfalfa and timothy, or alfalfa and orchard grass, as hay for horses or dairy cows.
  • By the time we headed back to the palace, we smelled of horse manure and hay, with hay and grass sticking out from our hair and clothes.
  • When a field gets too weedy, Fred will seed it in grasses and turn it into pasture or hay.
Synonyms
forage, dried grass, pasturage, herbage, silage, fodder, straw

Origin

Old English hēg, hīeg, hīg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hooi and German Heu, also to hew.

Phrases

hit the hay

1
informal Go to bed.
Example sentences
  • The weekend was finished off in the best way possible, with Amelia sleeping soundly from 8pm until 1am and me hitting the hay at 9.
  • Our houseguest hit the hay at one and I went up to sleep.
  • I plan to go for a few beers down the local pub before hitting the hay.

make hay (while the sun shines)

2
proverb Make good use of an opportunity while it lasts: they made political hay out of the issue
More example sentences
  • This is one of a few occasions that provide a good opportunity for both private and governmental textile houses to make hay.
  • If our soccer players do not appreciate the privilege of having direct access to Africa's richest soccer league, then they must blame themselves for not making hay while the sun shines.
  • Talk about making hay while the sun shines: this is a place that knows how to make the most of an unusually short summer season.
Synonyms
make the most of an opportunity, exploit an opportunity, take advantage of an opportunity, capitalize on an advantage, strike while the iron is hot, seize the day;

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hay2

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Pronunciation: /heɪ
 
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noun

1A country dance with interweaving steps similar to a reel.
Example sentences
  • He danced the Hays round two elbow chairs.
1.1A winding figure in a hay country dance.
Example sentences
  • One of the most pleasing movements in country-dancing is what they call ‘the hay’.

Origin

early 16th century: from an obsolete sense 'a kind of dance' of French haie 'hedge', figuratively 'row of people lining the route of a procession'.

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