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Hay, Hagh

or Haugh. A royal park in “which no man commons”; rich pasture-land; as Bilhagh (Billa-haugh), Beskwood- or Bestwood-hay, Lindeby-hay, Welley-hay or Wel-hay. These five hays were “special reserves” of game for royalty alone.

A bottle of hay.
(See Bottle.) Between hay and grass. Too late for one and too soon for the other. Neither hay nor grass. That hobby-de-hoy state when a youth is neither boy nor man. Make hay while the sun shines.

Strike while the iron is hot.
Take time by the forelock.
One to-day is worth two to-morrows.

(Franklin.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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