- a stack of hay with a conical or ridged top, built up in the mowed field so as to prevent the accumulation of moisture and promote drying.
Also especially British, hayrick.
Origin of haystack
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Examples from the Web for haystack
"'Twould be like hunting for a pin in a haystack," said the Rev. Hilary Jones.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
"Didn't sleep very good in the haystack I guess," commented Ned.
"Yes, it was a haystack for mine last night," Frank admitted with a smile.
We two, perched on the haystack, did not take the words at all with a kindly meaning.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
Presently Ivan mounted on to the haystack and began to play.Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
- a large pile of hay, esp one built in the open air and covered with thatch
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Word Origin and History for haystack
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Idioms and Phrases with haystack
see needle in a haystack.
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