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bed check

noun
1.
an inspection conducted soon after bedtime or during the night, as in a barracks or dormitory, to determine the presence or absence of persons required by regulation to be in bed.
Origin of bed check
1925-1930
1925-30
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  • I was given a bed check corresponding to the number of my hat, and told to go upstairs.

    Broke Edwin A. Brown

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