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doss

[dos] /dɒs/
noun
1.
a place to sleep, especially in a cheap lodging house.
2.
verb (used without object)
3.
to sleep or lie down in any convenient place.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; origin obscure
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British Dictionary definitions for doss's

doss

/dɒs/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by down. to sleep, esp in a dosshouse
2.
(intransitive) often foll by around. to pass time aimlessly
noun
3.
a bed, esp in a dosshouse
4.
a slang word for sleep
5.
short for dosshouse
6.
a task or pastime requiring little effort making a film is a bit of a doss
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin
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Slang definitions & phrases for doss's

doss

noun
  1. Sleep: find good barns for a doss at night (1890s+ Hoboes)
  2. (also doss house) A cheap lodging house; flophouse (1888+)
  3. A bed; kip (1789+)

[ultimately fr Latin dorsum, ''back'']


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