bed down

phrasal verb

bedded down; bedding down; beds down
: to lie down somewhere for sleep
There were so many people that some of us had to bed down in the living room.
: to provide (a person or animal) with a place to sleep
They bedded us down in the living room.
When the animals had been fed and bedded down, we went inside to eat dinner.

Examples of bed down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The blood-sucking parasites persistently bedded down in human hair and moved with hunter-gatherers from Asia into and throughout the Americas. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Nov. 2023 To the doctors’ frustration, the displaced have bedded down in courtyards, in corridors, and even atop roofs. Adam Rasgon, The New Yorker, 20 Oct. 2023 Migrant shelters in Mexico are jammed, leaving thousands of foreigners bedding down in city streets. Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 The inferno blocked the escape route of those bedded down on the bottom deck. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2023 During the middle of the day, deer bed down in areas where they won’t be bothered by predators. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 26 Aug. 2022 Visitors without sails to sleep under can bed down in atmospheric pensions like Opoa Beach Hotel, with just nine bungalows fronting a stunning beach on the island's southeast corner. Terry Ward, Travel + Leisure, 10 July 2023 Los Angeles has more homeless veterans than any city in America, according to a 2022 federal report, with nearly 4,000 men and women who served their country bedding down in homeless shelters, in old cars and RVs, under freeway underpasses. Grace Murray, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2023 At the southern port of Kalamata, around 70 exhausted survivors bedded down in sleeping bags and blankets provided by rescuers in a large warehouse, while outside paramedics set up tents for anyone who needed first aid. Derek Gatopoulos and Nicholas Paphitis, Chicago Tribune, 14 June 2023 See More

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“Bed down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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