- a small sum of money: Twenty dollars an hour for doing very little certainly ain't hay.
- money: A thousand dollars for a day's work is a lot of hay!
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of hay
Examples from the Web for hay
Contemporary Examples of hay
But I sent him some hay and some information and he turned it around.Amy Sedaris Is Hollywood's Beloved Rabbit-Loving Comedian Crafter
August 28, 2014
After that, who knows how many innocent straws of hay will start to look like needles under the gaze of unseen algorithms.The NSA Can ‘Collect-it-All,’ But What Will It Do With Our Data Next?
May 16, 2014
The straw and hay piled around the tent only exacerbated the situation.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus
May 5, 2014
After preparatory school in Illinois, Hay went to Brown University, where he amused men and charmed women.
In return for exclusive access, Nicolay and Hay gave Robert the right to edit their copy, which he did.
Historical Examples of hay
He's got a hay rack with him, and that would be just the thing to take your tent and poles.In the Midst of Alarms
And Otto ran away barely in time to catch the groom, who was going for the hay.Rico and Wiseli
By golly, we'll stake her to a hay knife and tell her to go after him!Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
They fought for bread, as horses when there is no hay in the rack.The Boy Life of Napoleon
And he sed "Oh you git out, you've got hay seed in your hair."Uncles Josh's Punkin Centre Stories
- grass, clover, etc, cut and dried as fodder
- (in combination)a hayfield; a hayloft
Word Origin for hay
Word Origin for hay
"grass mown," Old English heg (Anglian), hieg, hig (West Saxon) "grass cut or mown for fodder," from Proto-Germanic *haujam (cf. Old Norse hey, Old Frisian ha, Middle Dutch hoy, German Heu, Gothic hawi "hay"), literally "that which is cut," or "that which can be mowed," from PIE *kau- "to hew, strike" (cf. Old English heawan "to cut;" see hew). Slang phrase hit the hay (pre-1880) was originally "to sleep in a barn;" hay in the general figurative sense of "bedding" (e.g. roll in the hay) is from 1903.
see hit the hay; make hay while the sun shines; roll in the hay; that ain't hay.