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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. 2018.
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  • Colwyn approached the head of the bed and bent down to examine the bedposts.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • I was glad when he ceased thumbing the bedposts and left me.

    Cardigan Robert W. Chambers
  • The answer received was a loud and repeated “he-haw,” with the clattering of hoofs against the bedposts.

  • He seized one of the bedposts, and it became immediately a fluted golden pillar.

  • A gag had been thrust into his mouth; and he was tightly bound, by a cord round his waist, to one of the bedposts.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
  • His designs for bedposts show the French influence, being fluted and wreathed with flowers.

    The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore
  • The kangaroos, with tails as big as bedposts, and that could leap across Beckey Barnicott's garden at two leaps.

    Luke Barnicott

    William Howitt
  • Then it came to the bedposts of Cradocks couch, which he had cut, in a dry sort of humour, from the soft baobab wood.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • The waking in the morning is accomplished by two or three black women staring at you from the bedposts.

  • bedposts, legs of chairs and tables, all the woodwork, had to undergo a microscopic scrutiny.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for bedposts


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 bedposts



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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the devil's bedposts

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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