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    The tired hay

    Hi everyone,


    I'm translating a short story by Irish writer Colum McCann and I can't understand the meaning of one phrase. I would really appreciate your help.


    It's a realistic story set in a small Irish town in the sixties. The protagonist describes his friends in an informal way. He says “Some of my friends were working in the chipper, other were bringing in the tired hay, and a couple of them were selling golf balls down at the club”.


    What does “bringing in the tired hay”mean? Is it a figure of speech or is it about the specific type of hay?


    Thanks for your help!


    Alex
    Last edited by Aleksey; 04-Apr-2020 at 18:25.

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    Re: The tired hay

    Hi, and welcome to the forum.

    The forum editor sometimes leaves out some spaces when you paste text in. Please edit your post to add the missing spaces. Sorry for the inconvenience!
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    My guess is that the hay was old and in less-than-perfect condition.
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    Yes, that makes sense. Thanks a lot!

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    The gratitude is appreciated, but we prefer that you just click "Thank". It's more efficient.
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    Re: The tired hay

    In traditional hay making the grass is cut and left to dry on the ground before being gathered. I would assume that this is an Irish dialect expression meaning that the hay has dried sufficiently.

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    Re: The tired hay

    Quote Originally Posted by fear tastie View Post
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    I know this idiom: I have to get up early for work tomorrow, so I think I'd better hit the hay.

    I think the previous commenter is right; it means a herb that the hay has dried sufficiently.
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