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    Question Meaning of "taking a woman off to the hay bales"?

    What is the meaning of "taking a woman off to the hay bales"?

    For example, a group of (non-close) friends is doing the famous Route 66 and, while crossing Arizona, at the end of the day one of the guys describes the day on Facebook:

    "One flat tire in need of change.
    Ten diners we passed by.
    Zero hours of rest Adam had.
    Two cowboys seen taking Mary off to the hay bales.
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    Mary did get to go to the nearby town but she had to sweet talk 2 cowboys."

    (edit: "diners we passed by" instead of "diners we passed through")
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    Re: Meaning of "taking a woman off to the hay bales"?

    I guess it's a reference to sex- a roll in the hay means to have sex with someone, so I assume from the last sentence that she was allowing them to flirt with her.

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    Re: Meaning of "taking a woman off to the hay bales"?

    It's somewhat unnatural throughout, particularly "Zero hours of rest Adam had". I agree that it suggests she was seen heading off for some hanky-panky.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 10-Jun-2016 at 16:03. Reason: Removed unnecessary question
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    Re: Meaning of "taking a woman off to the hay bales"?

    It seems more than likely there was sex involved.

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    Re: Meaning of "taking a woman off to the hay bales"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's somewhat unnatural throughout, particularly "Zero hours of rest Adam had". I agree that it suggests she was seen heading off for some hanky-panky.
    Yes, the passage has a lot of mistakes, including some Yoda-speak - that is, things phrased backwards. For instance, it would be natural American English to say "Adam had zero hours of rest."

    And yes, it's about sex. We sometimes call sex "a roll in the hay."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Meaning of "taking a woman off to the hay bales"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I guess it's a reference to sex- a roll in the hay means to have sex with someone, so I assume from the last sentence that she was allowing them to flirt with her.
    The last sentence suggests to me that she was the one doing the flirting, possibly in order to get a lift to the nearby town.
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    Re: Meaning of "taking a woman off to the hay bales"?

    Thanks for all the answers. The poster was writing about the day describing the abundance of things that had happened. I believe this is why his post was worded like that - focusing on the number of each of the many things that happened on that fulfilling day, so every line started with the number which resulted in some strange wording at times.

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    I'm not a native English speaker (the guy who posted that is, though) but I kind of thought that the expression could possibly mean something along the lines "heading off to the sunset". Is it possible that is the meaning? Though to be honest, of all the people I've asked not a single person came up with such interpretation.

    Failing that meaning, the only other meaning that appears believable (and in agreement to every single response I got from everyone I've asked) is "going to a secluded place to have sex with the 2 cowboys" either as a joke or with literal meaning.

    Everything else in the post appears to be put in a slightly humoristic way but directly true. Ex, they did have a flat tire. They did pass through 10 diners. Etc. So one would expect that the line about Mary being taken to the hay bales to also be direct truth. Additionally, jeez, that's such a weird joke to say about a woman and post it in public on facebook...

    On the other hand, that being literal... Jeez, heading off somewhere secluded to have sex with 2 unknown guys in an unknown place. And doing that in sight of the group of male/female friends!? She's a strong independent woman, they were having quite an adventure, tired, feeling adventurous, probably softened up by the heat, etc - but still, jeez... And, again, upon seeing that his friend (friend?) exposing that in a public post on facebook? Jeez...

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    It's pretty obvious "Mary" (not her real name, not the real post) is a woman I'm in love with. Not only am I not a native English speaker (and kind of thought that could mean "heading off to the sunset"), I can't even think straight about what it might mean.

    Even though questioning the meaning of the expression stemmed from my insecurity, this is still a valid question about English expressions and interpretation of meaning - thanks for all the answers.

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    Re: Meaning of "taking a woman off to the hay bales"?

    You could have passed by ten diners, but I don't see how you you could have passed through ten diners.

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    Re: Meaning of "taking a woman off to the hay bales"?

    That "facebook post" was written by me trying to retain as best possible the meaning, context and intonation of the original real post while not entirely disclosing it. Ex: "Mary" is not the real name. Clearly my English is not so good. Sorry about that.

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    Re: Meaning of "taking a woman off to the hay bales"?

    Dendi, your English is not bad. In fact, by the standards of Facebook It's excellent.

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