- Grass that has been mown and dried for use as fodder.More 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.
hit the hay
- • informal Go to bed.More 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)
- • proverb Make good use of an opportunity while it lasts.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.
Old English hēg, hīeg, hīg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hooi and German Heu, also to hew.
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'.