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[bed-pohst] /ˈbɛdˌpoʊst/
one of the upright supports of a bedstead.
bedposts, Bowling. a split in which the seven and ten pins remain standing.
Origin of bedpost
First recorded in 1590-1600; bed + post1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Her father's voice broke in on her musings, "that rope is caught round the bedpost."

    The Making of Mona Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • He pulled his watch from the pocket of his vest, hanging on the bedpost.

  • And Chatzkele, for all the notice he took, might have been as deaf as the bedpost.

    Yiddish Tales Various
  • My companion stood gripping the bedpost and fumbling at his holster.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • In her haste she drops her handkerchief, which Rodolpho picks up and hangs over the bedpost.

  • I dream about it nights and wake up with my arms around the bedpost.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But no weakling broke off that bedpost in Henry M. Gillespie's room.

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Surely the fellow did not tie her up to the bedpost before leaving the house!

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • And betwixt you and me and the bedpost, ma'am, whoever hath Miss Dolly will have to ride to London on this here scythe.

    Springhaven R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for bedpost


any of the four vertical supports at the corners of a bedstead
(informal) between you and me and the bedpost, confidentially; in secret
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bedpost

also bed-post, 1590s, from bed (n.) + post (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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