bed check


: a night inspection to check the presence of persons (such as soldiers) required by regulations to be in bed or in quarters

Examples of bed check in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The state investigative report listed multiple violations: Staff failed to conduct a routine bed check between 3:15 and 7 a.m. Steven Rich, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2023 In the weeks that followed, more details emerged about those complaints: there were reports of bed checks in hotels and inspections of shopping bags during training camps; allegations that injuries and training sessions had been mismanaged. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 23 July 2023 Curfews and bed checks — often unannounced — ran their lives off hours. Denise Kiernan, Rolling Stone, 17 July 2023 At first, it’s believed that the mother is a delusional patient with schizoid personality disorder who has given herself a false identity, so a bed check is conducted to see who might be missing. David Means, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 Based on what officials and sources said at the time, the Tribune reported that Banks and Conley had last been accounted for during a routine bed check at 10 p.m. on the night before their escape. Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune, 18 Dec. 2022 Sitake said the team always has a bed check, but declined to say what time that was. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Oct. 2022 According to the Detroit Free Press, Kearse left the team hotel without permission and was late for bed check before the Lions’ loss Saturday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jonas Shaffer,, 31 Dec. 2020 On those road trips, coach Don Shula had bed check at 11 p.m. on nights before games and always a second one at midnight or 1 a.m. for the room shared by Orr and Matte. Glenn Graham,, 29 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bed check was in 1919

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“Bed check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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