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bed rest

a prolonged rest in bed, as in the treatment of an illness.
a device used to support a person sitting up in bed.
Origin of bed rest
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One winter evening a woman came to my door to see if she could borrow a bed-rest.

    Change in the Village (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
Word Origin and History for bed-rest

"device for sitting up in bed," by 1836; as "a resting in bed for recovery from injury or illness," by 1896; from bed (n.) + rest (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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