|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
|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 |
hit the hay definition
and hit the sack
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."
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.