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Posted by ESC on July 21, 2003

In Reply to: Haymaker posted by Adrian Burns on July 21, 2003

: Why are big punches called "Haymakers"? As I can't find any link whatsoever.

From "Listening to American" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1982): "haymaker, for a knockout punch, appeared in 1912, perhaps from the 1880 'hit the hay,' go to sleep."