|1.||a. grass, clover, etc, cut and dried as fodder|
|b. (in combination): a hayfield; a hayloft|
|2.||slang hit the hay to go to bed|
|3.||make hay of to throw into confusion|
|4.||make hay while the sun shines to take full advantage of an opportunity|
|5.||informal roll in the hay sexual intercourse or heavy petting|
|6.||to cut, dry, and store (grass, clover, etc) as fodder|
|7.||(tr) to feed with hay|
|[Old English hieg; related to Old Norse hey, Gothic hawi, Old Frisian hē, Old High German houwi; see |
Take advantage of favorable circumstances; they may not last.
properly so called, was not in use among the Hebrews; straw was used instead. They cut the grass green as it was needed. The word rendered "hay" in Prov. 27:25 means the first shoots of the grass. In Isa. 15:6 the Revised Version has correctly "grass," where the Authorized Version has "hay."
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]