- 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!
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Origin of hay
Examples from the Web for hays
But the bigger reason Senator Hays is pushing for this law is because of Islam.
Hopefully, the members of the Florida House, Democrats and Republicans alike, will reject Senator Hays' proposed legislation.
Well these Muslim book bashers found a perfect friend in Senator Hays.
After all, for the past four years Hays has introduced legislation to ban sharia law in Florida courts.
Like a gangster shooting in a Hays Code era motion picture, the inhale and the exhale are shown in separate shots.‘Silicon Valley’ and the Return of Stoner Television|Rich Goldstein|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mr. Hays, the Dalmahoy antiquarian, called on me, and brought me a copy of Bewick's "Quadrupeds."Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)|Maria R. Audubon
Miss Hays, unable to learn the names of the little fellows, had dubbed the older Louis and the younger "Lump."Sinking of the Titanic|Various
Up to the fence held by Hays brigade dashed the first gray line, only to be swept into confusion by a cruel enfilading fire.The Civil War Through the Camera|Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
We moved south of Hays City about ten miles and came to a boiling spring that flowed from an opening in solid rock.Life and Adventures of 'Billy' Dixon|Billy Dixon
Whether Hays was stung by these jibes or not, the next ball curved over the plate and just above the knee.Baseball Joe, Home Run King|Lester Chadwick
- 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.