Posted by ESC on July 29, 2006
In Reply to: Re: Go to Grass and Chew Hay posted by Smokey Stover on July 29, 2006
: : when my mother would get upset with my dad, she would tell him to:
: : Go to Grass and Chew Hay.
: : Any ideas on what this might mean?
: I have an idea, or actually two. Go to grass means here (but not necessarily elsewhere), go out in the pasture. Chew hay is what horses and cows do in their stalls. What she presumably means is "Get out of my hair. Go do your thing, leave me to do mine. Find somewhere else to be." But this is not, as far as I know, a well-known saying, and since I don't know your mother I could be very wrong.
I love this site. I had an idea that "go to grass" means "put out to pasture." As in when a horse is too old to race or work. A google led me back here to Phrase Finder. Of course. Here is a bunch of information about the origins and the complete verse. http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/10/messages/459.html