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 America: An Illustrated History of Words and Phrases from Our Lively and Splendid Past 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."
- Haymaker masakim 07/21/03