John Milton,1838–1905, U.S. statesman and author.
a river in NW Canada, flowing NE to the Great Slave Lake. 530 miles (853 km) long.
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British Dictionary definitions for john hay
- grass, clover, etc, cut and dried as fodder
- (in combination)a hayfield; a hayloft
hit the hay slang to go to bed
make hay of to throw into confusion
make hay while the sun shines to take full advantage of an opportunity
roll in the hay informal sexual intercourse or heavy petting
to cut, dry, and store (grass, clover, etc) as fodder
(tr) to feed with hay
Word Origin for hay
Old English hieg; related to Old Norse hey, Gothic hawi, Old Frisian hē, Old High German houwi; see hew
a circular figure in country dancing
a former country dance in which the dancers wove in and out of a circle
Word Origin for hay
C16: of uncertain origin
Will. 1888–1949, British music-hall comedian, who later starred in films, such as Oh, Mr Porter! (1937)
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Word Origin and History for john 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.
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Idioms and Phrases with john hay
see hit the hay; make hay while the sun shines; roll in the hay; that ain't hay.
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