British • informal
- 1Sleep in rough accommodation or on an improvised bed: he dossed down on a friend’s floorMore example sentences
- She had her own bedroom while the girls slept in bunks in the living room and the young men dossed down in an outbuilding.
- He actually dossed down in my luxury apartment for most of the season, moving out when we got relegated.
- I got loose, tied a blanket and a counterpane together, fastened it to the bedstead, and let myself out of the window, and did not go home that night, but met my two pals and dossed in a haystack.
- 2Spend time idly: all I’ve seen her do so far is doss aroundMore example sentences
- And he, despite the fact he's there to ensure I'm fully empowered and actively jobhunting, acted as though I was going to doss around for four weeks.
- Firstly, it improves productivity by prevent staff dossing or e-mailing pals in Boston all afternoon.
- It was like dossing off school, but without the fear of getting caught.
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- 1An instance of sleeping in rough accommodation or on an improvised bed.More example sentences
- Tents were a luxury that most couldn't afford in those pre-wars days, preferring a doss in a cave or on the floor of a roadman's hut.
- 1.1 • archaic A bed in a cheap lodging house.More example sentences
- He made a doss for me on the veranda where I could lie during the day and stare into the still garden.
- 2A situation giving the opportunity for being extremely idle: they thought being a student was a great dossMore example sentences
- Some students might enrol on the course under the false perception that it is a doss year.
- It is generally perceived to be a bit of a doss job and well paid to boot.
- As most of us saw art class as a doss lesson, we ignored any advice given by our harassed art teacher.
late 18th century: perhaps based on Latin dorsum 'back'.
More definitions of dossDefinition of doss in:
- The US English dictionary