Definition of Make hay

1. Verb. Turn to one's advantage. "The environmentalist lobby made hay of the nuclear plant accident"

Generic synonyms: Exploit, Work



Definition of Make hay

1. Verb. (literally) To cut grass to turn into hay for animal feed. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) To take advantage of an opportunity. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Make Hay

make faces
make file
make files
make for
make friends
make full
make fun
make fun of
make game of
make good
make good on
make ground
make grow
make happy
make haste
make hay (current term)
make hay while the sun shines
make head or tail of
make headway
make history
make into
make it do or do without
make it snappy
make it up as one goes along
make it up to
make known
make light of
make like
make like a banana and split

Literary usage of Make hay

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1. The pilgrim's progress from this world to that which is to come by John Bunyan (1879)
"Let us be wise as serpents ; it is best to make hay when the sun shines; you see how the bee lieth still all winter, and bestirs her only when she can have ..."

2. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"It must bo struck while the iron is red- hot or it cannot be moulded into shape. Similar proverbs are " make hay while the sun shines. ..."

3. Specimens of Prose Composition by Charles Read Nutter, Frank Wilson Cheney Hersey, Chester Noyes Greenough (1907)
"HOW TO make hay To explain how a farmer make's hay we must necessarily begin with the time when the grass is ready to be cut, and end when the cured hay is ..."

4. A Second Reader by Clarence Franklin Carroll, Sarah Catherine Brooks (1910)
"He mows the grass to make hay. The sun will dry the grass. The sun will make the hay. Horses and cows like hay. Smell the grass. How sweet it is! ..."

5. Forest, Lake, and Prairie: Twenty Years of Frontier Life in Western Canada by John McDougall (1895)
"William goes to the plains—I begin work at Victoria— make hay—Plough—Hunt—Storm. FATHER had suggested two plans for immediate action : One was to send ..."

6. Forest, Lake, and Prairie: Twenty Years of Frontier Life in Western Canada by John McDougall (1895)
"William goes to the plains—I begin work at Victoria— make hay—Plough—Hunt—Storm. FATHER had suggested two plans for immediate action : One was to send ..."

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