- Many of these fires happen when someone falls asleep in bed or on upholstered furniture such as a sofa while smoking.
- If your pain is severe, your doctor may suggest that you rest in bed for a day or two.
- The bed was the largest piece of furniture in the room and stood against the south wall, opposite the door.
- Nurses working for the Auckland Mental Health Service are refusing to admit patients unless hospitals have beds and staff available.
- He said he recognised that acute hospitals had beds occupied by patients who could be discharged if appropriate facilities were available.
- ‘The targets have meant hospitals pushing patients through beds even when they should be closed for cleaning to get rid of infection,’ he said.
- Life is austere and, as his fellow workers do, he makes and sleeps in a straw bed.
- He walks outside and heads for the barn where he finds Stuart and Nick hard at work forking new hay for the animals' beds.
- I pushed past him into the small room and set the child down on the circular bed of animal furs as gently as possible.
- She does well with her routine, bed at 7pm generally sleeping through to 5am.
- Around eight in 10 who ate 20g of Stilton before bed had bizarre visions in their sleep.
- I had spent a wonderful day at the London Aquarium but it was finally time for bed so I curled up and went to sleep.
- I'm pretty good in bed if I do say so myself.
- She also says that any man who's obsessed with football is terrible in bed.
- Here is a lovely guy who is kind, generous and good to me and who is great in bed and I am telling him to back off - why?
- The lads are covering a total distance of 144 miles, across sand, stones, mountains, dried lakes, river beds and dunes.
- A mystery remains, however, over the way features resembling flood plains, river beds and gorges were created on Mars.
- The little silvery streams criss-crossing the river bed are enough for them to eke out a living.
- After the island came a long beach stroll; oystercatchers plundered the mussel beds and crows feasted on small crabs.
- The island has an untouched oyster bed while the general area has mussel and cockle beds.
- Oyster beds can really get messed up by a big storm coming through.
- As soon as the ground can be worked, dig or till compost or other organic matter into the soil to prepare flower and vegetable beds for spring planting.
- The best camellias are usually grown in beds or in areas where the soil and surroundings offer a friendly home for them.
- Therefore, roses are generally most successful if grown in beds away from large plants.
- Within the Wessex Formation there are two beds of potential stratigraphic significance.
- The vivianite occurs in dark brown and dark gray beds of glacial silt and clay.
- Offset by the blue of sky, the massive beds of rock stand out in surprising colours.
- Chilli peppers are included in a mixture of minced lamb and flavourings served on a bed of Basmati rice.
- Serve hot on a bed of onion, tomato and cucumber rings and plenty of tomato sauce or any chutney of your choice.
- The baked lamb is served on the bed of rice liberally garnished with almonds and ghee.
- Workers again placed concrete mud beds on the subgrade under the drains and attached angle iron to them with concrete anchors.
- Three and a half years passed by, but not one mile of road bed or train tracks was made.
- When the train stopped our car was positioned well beyond the station area over the gravel road bed.
- In one, he's standing beside the open bed of a pickup truck on which lies a giant, dead buck.
- Teenagers sat in the beds of pickup trucks with their hands covering their open mouths.
- We see them in sports bars, dark lounges, or spilling from the beds of pick-up trucks.
- The profile of the rail cushion, which is the cushion's angle in relation to the bed of the table, varies between table types.
- Candle light was replaced by oil lamps, but a tray was still necessary to prevent drips of oil from damaging the cloth covering the bed of the table.
- Because the beds of these tables were made of wood, they warped within just a few years.
verb (beds, bedding, bedded)
- After several hours of chatting and singing, the night grew late and the people began to bed down to sleep.
- The Avenue features street kids, many of whom live from night to night, bedding down wherever they can find shelter.
- The rest bedded down in one of the shelters, detox centres, hospital emergency departments, or police cells.
- We bedded him down on Friday night, tired and a little drunk, in the living room, at 2am, next to a radiator and directly opposite the morning sun, which our house faces.
- Stable boys were bedding the horses down for the night or sweeping the stabling area clean.
- The other horses were brought in and the two girls were kept busy, fetching fresh water and hay for the horses, while the horsemen groomed the animals and bedded them down.
- She wooed her by writing her a fabulous part in the nursing academy's Christmas play, and bedded her in the dormitory soon after.
- Rock musicians spend all their time bedding models and ingesting narcotics.
- You don't deserve a man who's killed other men and bedded other women.
- I have bedded my tomato plants in the greenhouse and some more in the veg patch, whilst the wife has potted her crab apple tree in the planter.
- I dealt with it by spending the day in the garden, potting and bedding-in a batch of new flowers.
- Some fifteen boxes of daylilies and irises were sent over last weekend, and they will need to be bedded soon.
- He commented on the ease with which slabs were removed, demonstrating that they were not firmly bedded to 75% depth in accordance with our printed recommendations.
- The track in Australia is not deeply bedded on a firm base and much of it lacks proper drainage.
- She returned to the task of bolting together the sides of her small greenhouse and bedding them into the soil.
- The Formation with a total thickness of 2,500 m in the area generally consists of calcareous sandstone, greywacke and silt interbeds, with some massive and median-thickly bedded limestones.
- The veins extend perpendicularly from the thrust fault across the skarn and pinch out in overlying rhythmically bedded limestone.
- The sedimentary rocks are well bedded and dominated by mudstones with beds 2-5 m thick.
bed of nails
- A board with nails pointing out of it, as lain on by fakirs and ascetics.Example sentences
- He watches a fakir twirl on his nose on a bed of nails.
- It's like walking on broken glass, lying on a bed of nails and having a concrete block broken on your chest.
- The devoted England fan who showed his passion by lying on a bed of nails during the clash with Brazil has been invited to go to Japan and repeat the performance - during the World Cup final.
- 1.1A problematic or uncomfortable situation.Example sentences
- Motherhood is a bed of nails that requires a lot of adjustment before you can get comfortable.
- So a third term for the prime minister would immediately be a bed of nails unless he made major concessions to his critics.
- However, those who suffered extreme injustice would have to go through a tough test before they were permitted to see the local governor - they would have to lie on a bed of nails.
bed of roses
- [often with negative] Used in reference to a situation or activity that is comfortable or easy: farming is no bed of rosesMore example sentences
- There are hardly any women in racing and it is not a bed of roses, but I keep my head down and let my driving do the talking.
- People think that life is a bed of roses if you're a professional golfer, but life is very hard on the Challenge Tour.
- We've been told, by countless shrinks and well-meaning friends, that marriage is no everlasting bed of roses.
be brought to bed
- archaic (Of a woman) give birth to a child: she was brought to bed of a daughterMore example sentences
- Nine months later she was brought to bed of a son.
- In early fall Estelle was brought to bed of the child.
- When the woman was brought to bed, the enchantress appeared at once, gave the child the name of Rapunzel, and took it away with her.
get up on the wrong side of the bed
in bed with
- informal Having sexual intercourse with: he found his wife in bed with one of the neighborsMore example sentences
- He found his wife in bed with another man, shot them both, and then himself.
- In June of that year, he came home from work one night and found his wife in bed with another man.
- Then one day, you're gonna come home and find your wife in bed with another man.
- 5.1In undesirably close association with: these meetings with politicians put the gay movement in bed with the dreaded EstablishmentMore example sentences
- How can my views have any validity if they put me in bed with either of the above?
- It does sound too much like our reporters are in bed with the military.
- You should choose someone who doesn't have a history of being in bed with the bad guys.
make a bed
- Fit a bed with sheets, blankets, and pillows.Example sentences
- Symptoms can include fatigue from simple activities like walking up stairs or making a bed.
- I can't believe you can set up camp, masterfully handle a sword, and courageously do battle, but you can't make a bed?
- She goes into incredible detail on everything from how to make a bed to frying an egg on the Aga.
put someone to bed
- Take or prepare someone, typically a child, for rest in bed: Clare put her to bed and gave her a mug of cocoaMore example sentences
- I had the pleasure of cooking dinner, feeding, bathing and putting Franklin to bed on my own.
- Denise said the accident happened after she had been putting Cameron to bed in his own bedroom and someone knocked at the door.
- Tonight, as I was changing Alex before putting her to bed, she did something she never did before.
put a newspaper to bed
- informal Prepare a newspaper for press.Example sentences
- The vast amount of our usage is not taken from the paper, it's content we produce once the newspaper is put to bed.
- The news was one of two late good news breaks about the health service as we put the newspaper to bed on Thursday afternoon.
- Eventually it was done, the paper was put to bed, set up on the printing press and rolled out for dispatch.
take to one's bed
- Stay in bed because of illness.Example sentences
- By the time she mounted the carriage for her dress fitting, she was ready to take to her bed and cry illness for the next few weeks.
- In 1896 she again took to her bed, this time to stay.
- Last night I took to my bed at the early hour of eight, and spent a hoarse night waking a lot and feeling crampy and sorry for myself.
The core idea of this Old English word may be ‘digging’, as if the very first beds were dug-out lairs or hollows. Medieval uses of to make a bed refer to the preparation of a sleeping place on the floor of an open hall, one which would not have existed until ‘made’. The term bed and breakfast first appeared in the late 19th century—in 1910 a ‘residential hotel’ is recorded offering ‘Bed and breakfast from 4/-’ (4 shillings or, in modern British currency, 20 pence). In the 1970s the phrase began to describe the financial practice of bed-and-breakfasting, in which dealers sell shares late in the day and buy them back early the next morning to gain a tax advantage.
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- He is studying for a BEd in English Literature and works as a freelance journalist.
- He did his BEd. and MA in Economics from AMU and topped the list of successful candidates in MA for which he was awarded University Medal.
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