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below stairs

noun, (usually used with a singular verb) Chiefly British.
(formerly) the basement rooms usually used by servants, as servants' quarters, kitchen, and laundry room. Unabridged
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  • They told me below stairs that you were here, and so I came up at once.

  • Even to know that he was below stairs—Would other nights be like this?

  • below stairs, he halted in the lobby to look for a barber shop.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • High life is deeply interested in what is going on below stairs.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • Meanwhile, below stairs, the Scarecrow was distributing his gifts.

    The Royal Book of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • I heard him say so, not only to me, but below stairs—both wise and true.

    The Dove in the Eagle's Nest Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Shrieks of laughter from below stairs reach the ears of the company.

    Fanny's First Play George Bernard Shaw
  • He had been talking of her below stairs and felt that he had failed in describing her.

    The Shuttle Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The silence in the room was interrupted only by the ticking of a Swiss clock, until finally a deep gong sounded from below stairs.

British Dictionary definitions for below stairs

below stairs

(formerly) at or in the basement of a large house, considered as the place where the servants live and work
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