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bedpost

[bed-pohst] /ˈbɛdˌpoʊst/
noun
1.
one of the upright supports of a bedstead.
2.
bedposts, Bowling. a split in which the seven and ten pins remain standing.
Origin of bedpost
1590-1600
1590-1600; bed + post1
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Examples from the Web for bedposts
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  • The waking in the morning is accomplished by two or three black women staring at you from the bedposts.

  • Colwyn approached the head of the bed and bent down to examine the bedposts.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • One of the bedposts was addressing her, and the big four-poster itself was dancing a regular jig.

    The Royal Book of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • The answer received was a loud and repeated “he-haw,” with the clattering of hoofs against the bedposts.

  • The twisted columns used in chairs, bedposts, etc., were borrowed from Italy and were very popular.

  • He seized one of the bedposts, and it became immediately a fluted golden pillar.

  • When the justice returned to the inside room Rathburn moved a chair close against one of the bedposts.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • A gag had been thrust into his mouth; and he was tightly bound, by a cord round his waist, to one of the bedposts.

    Held Fast For England G. A. Henty
  • bedposts, legs of chairs and tables, all the woodwork, had to undergo a microscopic scrutiny.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • His designs for bedposts show the French influence, being fluted and wreathed with flowers.

    The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore
British Dictionary definitions for bedposts

bedpost

/ˈbɛdˌpəʊst/
noun
1.
any of the four vertical supports at the corners of a bedstead
2.
(informal) between you and me and the bedpost, confidentially; in secret
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Word Origin and History for bedposts

bedpost

n.

also bed-post, 1590s, from bed (n.) + post (n.1).

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Slang definitions & phrases for bedposts

bedposts

Related Terms

the devil's bedposts

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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