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stairhead

[stair-hed] /ˈstɛərˌhɛd/
noun
1.
the top of a staircase; top landing.
Origin of stairhead
1525-1535
1525-35; stair + head
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  • He left her standing there looking up at him in wonder or pity, and then turning the stairhead went on down the upper corridor.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • He opened his door, crept out on to the stairhead, and listened.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • But Claude was thinking more of her present peril than of this; he had moved from the stairhead.

    The Long Night Stanley Weyman
  • Then as he reached the stairhead he turned and cast a glance behind him.

    Rich Man, Poor Man Maximilian Foster
  • Which shows the use Jorian must have made of his time at the stairhead, and why Martha Pappenheim's light went out.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • Then, swiftly, he moved back once more to cover the stairhead.

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • But Sir Randal had met her between the door and the stairhead.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • The four porters have now come up and are waiting at the stairhead to be paid.

    Caesar and Cleopatra George Bernard Shaw
  • Laurence went forth onto the bright, hot corridor, and paused at the stairhead.

    The Gateless Barrier Lucas Malet
  • Marcadel's voice, urgent, insistent, summoned him to the stairhead.

    The Long Night Stanley Weyman
British Dictionary definitions for stairhead

stairhead

/ˈstɛəˌhɛd/
noun
1.
the top of a flight of stairs
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