[woo d-shed]


a shed for storing wood for fuel.

verb (used without object), wood·shed·ded, wood·shed·ding.

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

First recorded in 1835–45; wood1 + shed1
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Examples from the Web for woodshed

Contemporary Examples of woodshed

  • Conservative poobah Bill Kristol took her to the woodshed Wednesday for her stance against raising the debt ceiling.

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    John Boehner's GOP Headaches

    Benjamin Sarlin, Samuel P. Jacobs

    January 6, 2011

Historical Examples of woodshed

  • 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.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for woodshed



a small outbuilding where firewood, garden tools, etc, are stored
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Word Origin and History for woodshed

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

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