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bed n Usu |bɛd|; also, chiefly Sth, |beɪd| Pronc-sp baid

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Pronc varr.
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with the ~: One’s bed. chiefly Sth, S Midl
1847 Salem Reg. (MA) 17 June 1/3, ‘Where’s B?’ says one. ‘Sick in the bed with a rash crisis—red as a lobster from head to foot.’ 1918 Waterloo Eve. Courier & Waterloo Daily Reporter (IA) 24 May 2/4, A woman sick in the bed was uninjured, altho the house was wrecked. 1930 Amarillo Globe (TX) 29 Aug 15/3, [Letter:] I have a wife and four children and one of them is sick in the bed. I need work badly. 1944 PADS 2.13 AL, Sick in the bed. . . Other American dialects omit the article. . . General. 1945 PADS 3.12 cSC, Sick in the bed. . . We never say sick in bed. 1946 AmSp 21.270 neKY, Phrase, ‘In the bed.’ ‘He’s been sick in the bed all week.’ ‘I was so tired (tard) I was in the bed before eight o’clock.’ This use of the definite article may derive from a time when one house normally contained one bed. 1965–70 DARE (Qu. X43b) Inf MS63, Stayed on the bed; (Qu. BB41) Infs AR21, VA74, (Sick) in the bed; (Qu. BB42) Inf MA5, In the bed; (Qu. BB43) Inf GA42, On the bed; GA72, Homesteaded in the bed; (Qu. II3) Infs AR3, 18, 33, Thick as six in the bed; KY44, Like two in the bed. 1973 Patrick Coll. Sth, In the bed. . . Sick in bed. “She is in the bed.” 1987 Kytle Voices 149 NC, There’s not a one of us couldn’t have lain up in the bed many a morning if we’d had the chance to work at a more convenient time. 2009 Aiken Std. (SC) 15 Nov sec A 7/5, At the end of the year, they took the courting to the next step. He was sick in the bed, having spent so much time studying and trying to graduate.
Senses.
The place where an animal sleeps. Sth, S Midl
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In tobacco growing: a plot of ground in which tobacco seedlings are grown prior to transplanting.
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In logging: a pile of small trees used to cushion the fall of a large tree; hence bedding the trees or any piece of ground so used. chiefly Pacific NW Also called layout n Cf bed v 1
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See quot. Cf bank n1 1, bed v 4
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= stoneboat n; see quot.
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A place where fish congregate and may be caught.
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