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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, between, 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, while

(and) that ain't hay

And that's significant. Often used in reference to an amount of money. He got a $5,000 bonus this year, and that ain't hay.
See also: hay, that

hayburner

1. A old horse, particularly one that is a poor racehorse. Bring that hayburner back to the stables—it's not even worth racing him.
2. slang Someone who smokes marijuana. I used to be a real hayburner in high school, but I stay away from pot these days.

hay head

slang Someone who uses marijuana. I used to be a real hay head in high school, but I stay away from pot these days.
See also: hay, head

hayseed

An unsophisticated person, particularly from a rural place; a bumpkin. When I knew John, he was a total hayseed, but I guess he's converted to city life now.

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, while

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, while

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, while

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, while

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

hayseed

n. a farmer; a rustic character, usually a male. I’m not just some hayseed fresh off the farm.

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

hit the hay/sack, to

Go to bed, go to sleep. The first expression dates from about 1900 and presumably alludes to a hayloft as a soft bed. A sports book of 1905 held it to be baseball players’ slang. The second term dates from World War II, although sack for “bed” originated in the U.S. Navy in the 1820s.
See also: hay, hit

make hay while the sun shines

Take advantage of any good opportunity. This adage, dating from the early sixteenth century, alludes to the need for dry conditions in order to cut grass. R. C. Trench, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was quite specific about it (On the Lessons in Proverbs, 1852): “Make hay while the sun shines is truly English, and could have had its birth only under such variable skies as ours.”
See also: hay, make, shine, sun, while

that ain't hay

That’s a lot; also, that’s important. This American colloquialism, with its ungrammatical “ain’t” for “isn’t,” dates from the first half of the 1900s and at first was used mainly to describe a large amount of money. It was used in this sense in the motion picture The Killers (1946), where a character says, “I’m out ten G’s and that ain’t hay for me these days.” But it was also extended to other matters. Thus, a 1994 television serial, Sally Jessy Raphaël, had it: “Seven husbands! That ain’t hay!”
See also: hay, that
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Mr Hayer was brought up in Huddersfield and attended Reinwood Junior School and Royds Hall Secondary School at Paddock before taking his O-levels at Greenhead College and A-levels at Huddersfield New College.
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RESULTS: 1 Yahya Ali MO 0:58:26; 2 Abdulla Ismail MO 1:07:41; 3 Erik Hayer MO 1:08:45; 4 Aziz Abdulla M40 1:14:43; 5 Salah Janahi M45 1:15:18; 6 Hassan Al Qassab MO 1:18:50; 7 Anna Lawson-dick L40 1:23:34; 8 Jonas Castillo MO 1:24:58; 9 Kyle Henneman MO 1:27:08; 10 Andy Brown M45 1:27:30; 11 Carolin Hamilton L40 1:28:13; 12 Sadeq Al Alawi M45 1:30:27; 13 Ayad Kamal M40 1:51:05; DNF: Abdulla Yousif M45, Susan Buchschacher LO, Phillipp Bray MO.
A key witness, Tara Singh Hayer of the Indo- Canadian Times had given an affidavit to the RCMP claiming he was present during a conversation in which Bagri had admitted to London- based Sikh publisher Tarsem Singh Purewal about his role in the bombings.
Shop assistant Ann Withers, 55, waded in after hoodies struck Guljinder Hayer.
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The handwritten single-page note also targeted a local Sikh newspaper publisher I had interviewed for a few of my stories--Tara Singh Hayer.
Ronald McDaniel and Lynda Hayer purchased the house from Stephen and Susan Brighton.
Bagri was accused in connection with the 1988 attempted murder of Vancouver publisher Tara Singh Hayer, who was believed to have uncovered evidence about who was responsible for the 1985 Air India bombings.
Narinder Mann and Micky Hayer were on target in Sikh Union Coventry's 3-2 loss to Coventry & North Warwickshire.
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