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bed check

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.
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1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Only a few cadets were still out on the quadrangle, lounging around in the open before returning to their quarters for bed-check.

    Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell

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