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bed rest

noun
  1. a prolonged rest in bed, as in the treatment of an illness.
  2. a device used to support a person sitting up in bed.
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Origin of bed rest

First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for bed-rest

Historical Examples

  • One winter evening a woman came to my door to see if she could borrow a bed-rest.

    Change in the Village

    (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt


Word Origin and History for bed-rest

n.

"device for sitting up in bed," by 1836; as "a resting in bed for recovery from injury or illness," by 1896; from bed (n.) + rest (n.).

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