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Sorin F. Ghinescu
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:21:26 PM

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I'm reading this fiction novel, CIA, politics, etc ..., and they write ... "to make political bay", and I'm not able to find this idiom on the internet. I suppose then it's pretty literal/figurative, but still, I don't feel the nuance here, how would you understand it?
NKM
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:36:01 PM

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I suspect it's a typo.

Most likely it was intended to be "to make political hay" — that is, to gain political advantage.

("To make hay" is a metaphorical idiom.)

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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:37:43 PM

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I am guessing this is a typo or character mistranscription, and what this really is is 'to make hay'.


There is a saying - make hay while the sun shines - ie take advantage of the situation while you can. [Because if you wait, it will rain and your hay will rot.]

Shortened, like any saying, to only the first part - make hay.

Here, the advantage is political advantage, so they make 'political hay'.


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Ditto - what he said. Whistle
Sorin F. Ghinescu
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:46:45 PM

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Great! Thank you guys, it must be so because it continues "to make political hay and see yourself on all Saturday news ..."
Yes, a typo.
Thank you!
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