Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The cutting of grass and subsequently curing it to make hay as fodder for animals

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The operation or work of cutting grass and curing it for hay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The mowing, curing, and housing of the haycrops; haying.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cutting grass and curing it to make hay
  • n. taking full advantage of an opportunity while it lasts

Etymologies

hay +‎ making (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Just as in corn districts, machinery has not reduced the actual number of hands employed, but has made the work come in spells or rushes; so in the meadows the haymaking is shortened.

    Hodge and His Masters

  • "Yes, it is very nice, very nice indeed; in fact, I arrived just in time for the haymaking, I must tell you, and in the Ukraine the haymaking is the most poetical moment of the year.

    The Party

  • "Grass might start growing in a week or two, but there will be no haymaking."

    Food Prices Posing Risk to Poor Nations

  • And when haymaking finally comes around – traditionally when the dry seed capsules in the yellow hay rattle begin to rattle – the mowers leave windrows of drying grasses that map the contours of the field.

    Make hay meadow photos while the sun shines | Phil Gates

  • It certainly "smarted", but on the whole the birth was so straightforward I went around, for ages afterwards, droning smugly about how I was "of good working-class stock – hailing from an era when women would chuck one out, then carry on with the haymaking".

    Don't believe the propaganda about births at home | Barbara Ellen

  • Meanwhile, every lord prepares his men and chooses his side, and Jasper and Edmund wait only till the end of haymaking, and then muster the men with their scythes and bill hooks and march out to find William Herbert and teach him who commands Wales.

    The Red Queen

  • He sings love songs and haymaking songs in a bright tenor voice, and the men who ride with us, to protect us from the armed bands who are everywhere in England these days, join in with him and sing too.

    The Red Queen

  • Sometimes, haymaking continued late into the night.

    The Dirty Life

  • We found his wife, a big, smiling woman, who told us that her husband was haymaking with their children.

    Later Articles and Reviews

  • But for what it's worth, presidents making remarks to schoolchildren has been called political haymaking before.

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