hit the hay

hit the hay

go to bed – informal


make hay

make good use of an opportunity while it lasts

This is a shortened version of the proverb make hay while the sun shines which dates from the mid 16th century.

1998 - Simon Winchester - The Surgeon of Crowthorne - The British papers, always eager to vent editorial spleen on their transatlantic rivals made hay with this particular aspect of the story.

make hay of

throw into confusion

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