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

Examples of woodshed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nearly everything associated with the ideals and institutions of liberal democracy, including traditional religion, was taken to the woodshed. Joseph Loconte, WSJ, "The Versailles Treaty Gets a Bum Rap," 27 June 2019 Unsatisfied with an 8-8 season without a postseason berth, the Vikings head coach went to the woodshed and started tinkering. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "After disappointing season, Vikings’ Mike Zimmer went to the woodshed," 7 June 2019 Last week shares of Kohl’s, Nordstrom and Foot Locker got taken out to the woodshed. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Investors Beware: Consumers’ Story Isn’t Yours," 29 May 2019 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

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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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“Woodshed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodsheds. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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