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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
1835-45; wood1 + shed1
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  • "There's some green paint in the woodshed, and I'll touch it up," said Kittie, becoming thoroughly interested.

    Six Girls Fannie Belle Irving
  • Then he clattered over the woodshed floor and peered into the kitchen.

    The Tale of Grunty Pig Arthur Scott Bailey
  • All the time he was talking he was stuffing the paper into the stove; then he ran into the woodshed, bringing out some kindlings.

  • And he dashed out of the woodshed and ran to the barnyard as fast as he could scamper.

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

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • In the morning she loosened one of the boards of the woodshed.

  • She shooed Sara back into the loft and returned the key to the woodshed.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
  • This last was a great room between the woodshed and kitchen proper.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • He tied a pink string to their legs and took them home and put them in the woodshed.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
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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