Definition of Hit the hay

1. Verb. Prepare for sleep. "He goes to bed at the crack of dawn"

Definition of Hit the hay

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To go to bed. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hit The Hay

hit squad
hit test
hit tests
hit the ball twice
hit the big time
hit the books
hit the bottle
hit the bricks
hit the buffers
hit the ceiling
hit the deck
hit the dirt
hit the fan
hit the gas
hit the ground running
hit the hay (current term)
hit the headlines
hit the jackpot
hit the nail on the head
hit the net
hit the pavement
hit the road
hit the rock
hit the rocks
hit the roof
hit the sack
hit the silk
hit the skids
hit the spot

Literary usage of Hit the hay

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1849)
"Thus "to hit the hay " would naturally mean, in a tramp's mouth, " to go to bed. ..."

2. The Adventures of a Woman Hobo by Ethel Lynn (1917)
""Come, Ethel, we'd better hit the hay. ... "Hay—hit the hay! No such a thing. Go right into the spare room and make yourselves ..."

3. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1915)
"I think I had better hit the hay now, Coralie." She looked at him, puzzled. "Oh, Jimmy, I do not understand you at all. You speak such a queer language! ..."

4. The Best Short Stories of ... and the Yearbook of the American Short Story edited by [Anonymus AC02789944] (1921)
"You hit the hay. Sleep's the dose for you. I ain't going away." When the doctor had done what could be done and gone on his way, ..."

5. History of the American Field Service in France, ʻFriends of France", 1914-1917 by James William Davenport Seymour (1920)
"mighty tired and I fell asleep almost as soon as I hit the hay. "Hay" is to be taken literally. During to-night's ride large rats kept scurrying across the ..."

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