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woodshed

[woo d-shed] /ˈwʊdˌʃɛd/
noun
1.
a shed for storing wood for fuel.
verb (used without object), woodshedded, woodshedding.
2.
Slang. to practice a musical instrument assiduously and with a specific goal in mind:
He's woodshedding for next week's show.
Origin of woodshed
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; wood1 + shed1
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  • A step sounded in the woodshed and, turning, she beheld Mr. Parker.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Phillips Brooks was howlin' starvation in the woodshed, and Scudder let him howl.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • There's the kitchen and woodshed and dinin'-room out there and a couple of bedrooms.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • From it opened the woodshed, and toward the front, the dining room.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • She took him by the arm and led him through the woodshed and into the kitchen.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Captain Jerry sat behind the woodshed, in the sunshine, smoking and thinking.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "There is a fire in the woodshed, master," said Hat, leading the way.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • I think a bunk in the woodshed will be plenty good enough for him.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • "Go to the woodshed and take a few chops," replied the kind lady.

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    Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
British Dictionary definitions for woodshed

woodshed

/ˈwʊdˌʃɛd/
noun
1.
a small outbuilding where firewood, garden tools, etc, are stored
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Word Origin and History for woodshed
n.

1844, from wood (n.) + shed (n.). Sometimes a euphemism for "outhouse." Figuratively, as the place for private punishment, 1907, American English colloquial.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for woodshed

woodshed

verb

To rehearse; practice one's part, role, etc, esp to do so alone and rigorously: Bix did plenty of woodshedding, playing alone/ I just learned a new technique and I've got to shed on it

[1930s+ Jazz musicians; fr the woodshed as the traditional place where one could be alone to work, think, smoke, etc]

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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