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1Sleep in rough accommodation or on an improvised bed.‘he dossed down on a friend's floor’
- ‘Of course, not having any income or a regular job meant that I was always broke and after a while it got embarrassing to doss down at friends' pads.’
- ‘We'd save money by hitching and sleeping in train stations or anywhere we could doss down for a couple of hours.’
- ‘This means they are walking out of the prison gates to life on the streets or dossing on friends' floors.’
- ‘After much consternation and consultation, it was arranged that the Queen would doss down with a wealthy family.’
- ‘Neither of them will ever find himself dossing down in a refrigerator carton under a freeway overpass.’
- ‘It was then privately-owned and I suppose letting him doss there saved them paying for a separate night watchman.’
- ‘I had nowhere to live and was dossing at his place.’
- ‘I'll be dossing on friends' couches for the next few days.’
- ‘And here is the couch where ya can doss for a few nights.’
- ‘I had returned to London on the Tuesday before the big match, with fifty quid in my pocket and the promise of a couch to doss on in some old friend's dingy Zone 4 dive.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He heads for a dirty hut in the country where he can doss down and eke out a living.’
- ‘Lots of us will be settling down in shacks - baches or cribs - or dossing by the beach or sleeping in our cars.’
- ‘We were in inner-city Brisbane, open for people travelling through, and some of you here may have dossed on our floor at some point, I don't know.’
- ‘She had her own bedroom while the girls slept in bunks in the living room and the young men dossed down in an outbuilding.’
- ‘It is home to up to ten visitors each night who doss down in comfortable knowledge that they'll be waking to a mountain-sized breakfast!’
- ‘He actually dossed down in my luxury apartment for most of the season, moving out when we got relegated.’
2Spend time idly.‘all I've seen her do so far is doss around’
- ‘I suppose it's just nice to have the time to myself to do with as I see fit and if this means a couple of lie-ins and dossing around the house, then that's fine with me.’
- ‘Suspect certain people of dossing online or e-mailing mates in Sydney?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Maybe they assumed that I wasn't married, or I was taking money from the state, or I was dossing in work.’
- ‘Firstly, it improves productivity by prevent staff dossing or e-mailing pals in Boston all afternoon.’
- ‘Back in Wicklow, he says, he can happily doss away weeks and months with them without so much as a blink.’
- ‘I've been dossing for so long that my hair has all fallen out and I'm willing to bet my makeup has crumbled as well.’
- ‘Perhaps that was because this time around I actually wanted to learn rather than doss around.’
- ‘Back on the ground and dossing about with school mates, it was difficult to forget we were in a competition.’
- ‘Then he just dossed as he does when he gets to the front.’
- ‘I'll be dossing round the house until the football season starts again.’
- ‘I was dossing around in London and someone at the hostel mentioned this bloke who had just come over from the States and could really play the guitar.’
- ‘They played around it as children, dossed around it as teenagers, brought weekend visitors to take pictures around it whenever they came to stay.’
- ‘It was an unlikely antidote to just dossing about the streets, but in the process, of keeping idle hands busy on a Saturday morning, it also uncovered a real need amongst some of the youth to make music.’
- ‘Most of the time, however, there were always a few left empty, and this gave us the chance to do what thirteen year old kids loved to do: doss around on someone else's property.’
- ‘Is it an issue of privacy, employers' liability or just cutting down on staff dossing at work?’
- ‘I knew he wasn't going to show; but I also knew I couldn't go back to just dossing about the house and waiting for six weeks to click past.’
- ‘It was like dossing off school, but without the fear of getting caught.’
- ‘Loads of unsigned bands turn up and doss about for a week, basically.’
- ‘I've been at work this morning and, what with finishing by midday, I've essentially been paid to do something that I've enjoyed, during a time when I'd usually be dossing about the house in my pyjamas.’
1An instance of sleeping in rough accommodation or on an improvised bed.
- ‘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.’
- 1.1archaic A bed in a cheap lodging house.
- ‘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 doss’
- ‘Some students might enrol on the course under the false perception that it is a doss year.’
- ‘Why should a company pay for someone's social life or doss hour?’
- ‘Everyone else seems to treat it as a doss lesson but I like it.’
- ‘As most of us saw art class as a doss lesson, we ignored any advice given by our harassed art teacher.’
- ‘It is generally perceived to be a bit of a doss job and well paid to boot.’
Late 18th century: perhaps based on Latin dorsum back.
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