hay burner n.1
1. (Aus./US) a horse.
|Old Man Curry 153: An argument to excuse yourself for shipping that [...] hay burner around the country.‘Eliphaz, Late Fairfax’ in|
|Encaustics 2: You don’t know what’s on, whether he’ll swack or not, and whether he’ll bring a son-chariot or a hay-burner—. [Ibid.] 4: You’d know a hay-burner was a horse.|
|Queensland Figaro (Brisbane) 1 June 5/2: Back in the days of the hay burners, if one family on the street got a horse, all the rest of them didn’t think they had to have one too.|
|Referee (Sydney) 26 Oct. 3/1: The longest odds I have seen quoted on a horse in years were 1000 to 1 against a hay-burner named Simple Singer in a claiming race at Belmont.|
|Pal Joey 39: Time is getting short Charley says before the hay-burners stop running at Hialeah.|
|Nightmare Alley (1947) 259: I’ve got to get the roll down on that hay-burner in the third.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 803: hay burner – A horse.|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 90: He got off, led his horse through [the gate] [...] when the hay-burner gave a buit of a whinny and dropped down dead.|
|Apprentice (1991) 31: ‘I reckon His Honour has three hay-burners in work. No hope of paying for their feed far as I can see’.|
|Sun. Too Far Away 93: Come on you bloody hayburner, come on!|
|Growing Up 72: Barney Google was a comic strip character and Sparkplug was his racehorse, a stolid square-cut hay burner to whom Barney was devoted.|
|Battler 69: In partnership, Dan and Big Arthur had owned a succession of ‘chasehorses’ (horses that usually chased the field) and much of the profits from their various ‘sidelines’ was lost on these hayburners.|
|Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 29: However, his intrepidness with the bookies was not matched by his choice of winning-type hayburners.|
|et al. People and the Earth 52: Before the invention of planes, cars, and buses, the preferred way to travel was a ‘hay burner’.|
2. a cheap automobile.
|[||Story of the Galveston Flood 173: The track was so covered with mud and grass that it was exceedingly difficult for the ‘hay-burner’ motor to propel the car].|
|DN V 114: hay-burner, n. [...] 3. A cheap automobile.|
3. (US) a Western film.
|Dove 35: ‘What is a hay-burner?’ Elizabeth interrupted. ‘A horse opera,’ Horne provided. ‘An oater, a Western.’ [DA].|