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[woo d-shed] /ˈwʊdˌʃɛd/
a shed for storing wood for fuel.
verb (used without object), woodshedded, woodshedding.
Slang. to practice a musical instrument assiduously and with a specific goal in mind:
He's woodshedding for next week's show.
Origin of woodshed
1835-45; wood1 + shed1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for woodshed
  • Out back, there's a stocked woodshed and a gravity shower in the bathhouse.
  • But this does not mean she should be hauled off to the woodshed.
  • In this way, the load is started from the woodshed toward the parlor.
  • One would expect that his woodshed moment is coming and that a retraction will be issued soon.
  • If not, it's off to the woodshed with that team of designers.
  • In the forgiving world of college basketball, it is a short walk back from the woodshed.
  • What should have been a trip to the woodshed turns out to be a courtesy stiff.
  • Someone needs to take him out to the woodshed and wear out his backside.
  • Eric, thanks again for giving me the opportunity to bring people to the woodshed on your blog.
  • The woodshed area is determined by the economic trucking distance from the proposed plant.
British Dictionary definitions for woodshed


a small outbuilding where firewood, garden tools, etc, are stored
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for woodshed

1844, from wood (n.) + shed (n.). Sometimes a euphemism for "outhouse." Figuratively, as the place for private punishment, 1907, American English colloquial.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for woodshed



A skunk; a polecat (1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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