from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Public weighing-scales maintained by a town for general use, as in weighing loads of hay.
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On receipt of these tidings, the "big boy," -- he weighs three hundred pounds by the Louisville hay-scales, -- conceiving himself outnumbered, breaks up his camp, and retreats precipitately, abandoning or burning a large portion of his supplies.
The New York _Tribune_ described him as a small man "everywhere except on the hay-scales."
Sunbeams cannot be weighed on hay-scales, and gorgeously-colored bits of cloud cannot be caught in a crucible.
Schliemann weighed on his own hay-scales -- and wanting everything in sight -- tipping the beam at part of a ton.
The wagon was weighed at our hay-scales before loading, and then the wagon and load together, with a net result for the manure of 4,400 lbs.
It looked like the balance-box of a patent hay-scales.
The joke afforded infinite amusement to the ladies at the windows and some old people under the hay-scales.