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bedpost

[bed-pohst] /ˈbɛdˌpoʊst/
noun
1.
one of the upright supports of a bedstead.
2.
bedposts, Bowling. a split in which the seven and ten pins remain standing.
Origin of bedpost
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; bed + post1
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  • He pulled his watch from the pocket of his vest, hanging on the bedpost.

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

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • I dream about it nights and wake up with my arms around the bedpost.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Surely the fellow did not tie her up to the bedpost before leaving the house!

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Between you and me and the bedpost, I doubt if he ever will be.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • But look at this, my dear sir,' said the vicar, striking his fist upon the bedpost for emphasis.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Jack fell on the floor in a heap, striking his head on the bedpost as he did so.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • Thompson helping him, he reached the bed and laid hold of the bedpost.

    The Third Window Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Bevis leaned his head against the bedpost and closed his eyes.

    The Third Window Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for bedpost

bedpost

/ˈbɛdˌpəʊst/
noun
1.
any of the four vertical supports at the corners of a bedstead
2.
(informal) between you and me and the bedpost, confidentially; in secret
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Word Origin and History for bedpost
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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