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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
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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


any of the four vertical supports at the corners of a bedstead
(informal) between you and me and the bedpost, confidentially; in secret
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Word Origin and History for bedpost

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

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