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in (one's) heyday

In, at, or during the period of one's greatest success, power, vigor, etc. In my heyday as a stock broker, I was making millions of dollars each year, but when the economy crashed, I lost nearly everything.

between hay and grass

Unable to be easily categorized. Our inventory is between hay and grass—it will take weeks to summarize everything in the warehouse. Bill's interest in the position is between hay and grass—I still can't figure out what his motive is.
See also: and, grass, hay

dance the antic hay

To lead a life of hedonism. The "hay" was a lively country dance that emerged in the 16th century. Bill doesn't even have a job! He just parties all the time, dancing the antic hay without a care in the world!
See also: dance, hay

roll in the hay

A sexual encounter, often one considered casual. You know, you can try to get to know the girls you date before you have a roll in the hay.
See also: hay, roll

what the hey

slang Why not? An aside used to emphasize one's nonchalance toward something. Often used as a euphemism for "what the hell." Sure, I'm not doing anything today, let's go to the beach—what the hey? What the hey, I'll go to the movies with you tonight.
See also: hey, what

hit the hay

To get into bed and go to sleep. I have to get up early for work tomorrow, so I think I'd better hit the hay.
See also: hay, hit

hit the sack

To get into bed and go to sleep. I have to get up early for work tomorrow, so I think I'd better hit the sack.
See also: hit, sack

make hay

To take advantage; to make the most of an opportunity. Chicago better be careful about turnovers, or you can be sure the defending champs will make hay in those situations. We'll be able to make hay with so little traffic on the road.
See also: hay, make

make hay while the sun shines

To take advantage of favorable conditions; to make the most of an opportunity when it is available. We finally have the full group assembled, so let's make hay while the sun shines and get this thing done. The skiing conditions won't be this good for another several months, so let's make hay while the sun shines.
See also: hay, make, shine, sun

hit the hay

 and hit the sack
Fig. to go to bed. I have to go home and hit the hay pretty soon. Let's hit the sack. We have to get an early start in the morning.
See also: hay, hit

Make hay while the sun shines.

Prov. If you have an opportunity to do something, do it before the opportunity expires. Jane: While my husband's out of town, I'm going to watch all the movies he wouldn't take me to see. Jane: Why not? Make hay while the sun shines.
See also: hay, make, shine, sun

That ain't hay.

Inf. That is not a small amount of money. (The highly informal word ain't is built into the expression.) I paid forty dollars for it, and that ain't hay! Bob lost his wallet with $200 in itand that ain't hay.
See also: hay, that

hit the hay

Also, hit the sack. Go to bed, as in I usually hit the hay after the eleven o'clock news, or I'm tired, let's hit the sack. The first colloquial expression dates from the early 1900s, the variant from about 1940.
See also: hay, hit

make hay while the sun shines

Take advantage of favorable circumstances, as in Car sales have finally improved so we're making hay while the sun shines. This expression alludes to optimum dry weather for cutting grass. [Early 1500s]
See also: hay, make, shine, sun

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]
See also: hay, roll

that ain't hay

That's a great deal, especially of money; also, that's important. For example, He's making ten thousand a month, and that ain't hay. Originally used to describe a sum of money that is large, this phrase was later extended to other circumstances, as in She married a titled lord, and that ain't hay. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
See also: hay, that

and that ain't hay

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
People say and that ain't hay after an amount of money to emphasize that it is a large amount. For 13 out of the last 20 years Canadian bonds produced returns of more than 10%, and that ain't hay.
See also: and, hay, that

make hay while the sun shines

If you make hay while the sun shines, you take advantage of a good situation which is not likely to last. With house prices at an all-time high, both property developers are making hay while the sun shines. You've got to make hay while the sun shines — and it doesn't shine long in a sporting life. Note: You can also just say that someone makes hay. The New Zealand media made hay with the issue.
See also: hay, make, shine, sun

hit the sack

INFORMAL or

hit the hay

mainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If someone hits the sack, they go to bed. We were tired, so we only half-unpacked the car and then hit the sack. Do you want me to take you up to your bed? Are you ready to hit the hay? Note: In the past, people sometimes used sacks and hay as bedding.
See also: hit, sack

hit the hay

go to bed. informal
See also: hay, hit

make hay

make good use of an opportunity while it lasts.
This is a shortened version of the proverb make hay while the sun shines , which dates from the mid 16th century.
1998 Simon Winchester The Surgeon of Crowthorne The British papers, always eager to vent editorial spleen on their transatlantic rivals, made hay with this particular aspect of the story.
See also: hay, make

a roll in the hay (or the sack)

an act of sexual intercourse. informal
1998 Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bible He just treats me like his slave-girlfriend-housemaid, having a roll in the hay when he feels like it and then running off doing God knows what for months at a time.
See also: hay, roll

hit the sack

go to bed. informal
See also: hit, sack

make hay while the ˈsun shines

(saying) make the best use of opportunities and favourable conditions while they last: Opportunities for starting your own business will never be better, so make hay while the sun shines and go and see your bank manager today.
See also: hay, make, shine, sun

hit the ˈsack/ˈhay

(informal) go to bed: I think it’s time to hit the sack. Sack and hay both refer to simple beds. In the past a bed was often just a sack or piece of rough cloth with hay inside. Sailors in the navy also slept in hammocks (= a type of bed hung between two posts, etc.) similar to sacks.
See also: hay, hit, sack

hay burner

1. n. a worthless racehorse; any old and worn-out horse. I went to a dude ranch, and they gave me an old hay burner to ride.
2. and hay head n. a marijuana smoker. (Drugs.) Some hay head was around trying to sell raffle tickets that looked handmade.
See also: burner, hay

hay head

verb
See also: hay, head

hit the hay

and hit the sack
tv. to go to bed. Time to go home and hit the hay! Let’s hit the sack. We have to get an early start in the morning.
See also: hay, hit

hit the sack

verb
See also: hit, sack

That ain’t hay!

exclam. That’s money, not something worthless. That car cost $40,000, and that ain’t hay!
See also: that

make hay

To turn to one's advantage: The candidate's opponents made hay of the scandal.
See also: hay, make

roll in the hay

Slang
Sexual intercourse.
See also: hay, roll
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