hay

[ hey ]
/ heɪ /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to convert (plant material) into hay.
to furnish (horses, cows, etc.) with hay.

verb (used without object)

to cut grass, clover, or the like, and store for use as forage.

Idioms

Origin of hay

before 900; Middle English; Old English hēg; cognate with German Heu, Old Norse hey, Gothic hawi. See hew
Related formshay·ey, adjectiveun·hayed, adjective

Definition for roll in the hay (2 of 2)

Origin of roll

1175–1225; (noun) (in senses referring to rolled or round objects) Middle English: scroll, inscribed scroll, register, cylindrical object < Old French ro(u)lle < Latin rotulus, rotula small wheel, diminutive of rota wheel (see rotate1, -ule); (in senses referring to motion) derivative of the v.; (v.) Middle English rollen < Old French rol(l)er < Vulgar Latin *rotulare, derivative of Latin rotulus, rotula
SYNONYMS FOR roll
12 swing, tilt.
40 See list1.
47 spindle.
Related formsroll·a·ble, adjectivere·roll, verbun·roll·a·ble, adjectivewell-rolled, adjective
Can be confusedrole roll
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British Dictionary definitions for roll in the hay (1 of 4)

hay

1
/ (heɪ) /

noun

verb

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

British Dictionary definitions for roll in the hay (2 of 4)

hay

2

hey

/ (heɪ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for roll in the hay (3 of 4)

Hay

/ (heɪ) /

noun

Will. 1888–1949, British music-hall comedian, who later starred in films, such as Oh, Mr Porter! (1937)

British Dictionary definitions for roll in the hay (4 of 4)

roll

/ (rəʊl) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for roll

C14 rollen, from Old French roler, from Latin rotulus a little wheel, from rota a wheel
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Idioms and Phrases with roll in the hay (1 of 3)

roll in the hay


Sexual intercourse, as in The main character in the movie was always looking for a roll in the hay. This phrase alludes to secret lovemaking in a hayloft. [Slang; mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with roll in the hay (2 of 3)

hay


see hit the hay; make hay while the sun shines; roll in the hay; that ain't hay.

Idioms and Phrases with roll in the hay (3 of 3)

roll


In addition to the idioms beginning with roll

  • roll around
  • roll back
  • roll in
  • rolling stone
  • roll in the aisles
  • roll in the hay
  • roll out
  • roll over
  • roll the bones
  • roll up
  • roll up one's sleeves
  • roll with the punches

also see:

  • easy as pie (rolling off a log)
  • get rolling
  • get the ball rolling
  • heads will roll
  • on a roll
  • red carpet
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