wood·​shed | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌshed How to pronounce woodshed (audio) \

Definition of woodshed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a shed for storing wood and especially firewood
2 : a place, means, or session for administering discipline


woodshedded; woodshedding

Definition of woodshed (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: practice especially : to practice on a musical instrument

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All credit to Jesse Marsch's side for taking Minnesota United to the woodshed with some absolutely beautiful play. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 4: Another Red Bulls Stampede, LA Braces for Zlatan," 26 Mar. 2018 With Lionel Messi watching from a stadium suite, sitting out a second straight game with a minor injury, Spain took Argentina to the woodshed, winning 6-1 at Atletico Madrid's Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "WATCH: Isco Hat Trick Leads Spain's 6-1 Rout Over Messi-Less Argentina," 27 Mar. 2018 They were basically taken to the woodshed in a 109-94 loss to the Wizards at the Capital One Arena. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' Brett Brown still sees warts despite big win over Cavaliers | Keith Pompey," 2 Mar. 2018 Many things that are very basic that any public school would be taken to the woodshed for not doing, haven’t been done. Washington Post, "Concerns persist over school system for juvenile offenders," 19 Dec. 2017 Well, his team was good enough to take Lewis' Bengals to the woodshed. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL hot seat rankings: Bengals' Marvin Lewis, Bears' John Fox coaching out the string?," 12 Dec. 2017 Aztecs tucked the tail and and was taken to the woodshed. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "He’s done something in 6 games that it took Boise State the previous 8 seasons to do," 15 Oct. 2017 You were beotch-slapped by a better game day coach that took you and your team to the woodshed. Matt Jennings, ajc, "Oklahoma State fans demand Mike Gundy cut off mullet after loss to TCU," 25 Sep. 2017 From the woodshed to the mountainside and all points between, the ermine may have one title independent of its weight class. Author: Christine Cunningham, Alaska Dispatch News, "Ounce for ounce, the ermine may be toughest critter in Alaska," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of woodshed


1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for woodshed


probably from the former use of woodsheds for private practicing

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English Language Learners Definition of woodshed

: a small building used for storing firewood


wood·​shed | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌshed How to pronounce woodshed (audio) \

Kids Definition of woodshed

: a shed for storing firewood

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