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below stairs

noun, (usually used with a singular verb) Chiefly British
(formerly) the basement rooms usually used by servants, as servants' quarters, kitchen, and laundry room. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And in that bright afterday she and the even more apotheosized Emma renewed their below-stairs friendship.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • There would be no above and below-stairs, no servants' hall.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • A servant now acquainted them that Mr Western was below-stairs; for his eagerness to see Jones could not wait till the afternoon.

  • The duenna doubtless retailed it below-stairs, and the verger at the church also had his tale to tell.

  • I am neither young enough nor sufficiently democratic to enjoy day after day a below-stairs status.

  • And below-stairs the sense of personal rancor against "a 'anger-on" is strong.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • below-stairs the dinner-cloth had not been taken away, but had been left ready for breakfast.

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • Ay, stare if you like, but they all know it below-stairs, and a nice way you are discussed in your own house!

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • "Mr. Locke, in cleaning the hall I found this behind the portires at the entrance to below-stairs," he announced.

    The Master Mystery Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  • I obeyed on the instant and a few moments later the scene of below-stairs was repeated, with me powerless to resist.

    Mrs. Raffles John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for below-stairs

below stairs

(formerly) at or in the basement of a large house, considered as the place where the servants live and work
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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