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1Sleep in rough accommodation or on an improvised bed.‘he dossed down on a friend's floor’
sleep, be asleep, doze, rest, take a siesta, nap, take a nap, catnap, drowseView synonyms
- ‘I had nowhere to live and was dossing at his place.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Lots of us will be settling down in shacks - baches or cribs - or dossing by the beach or sleeping in our cars.’
- ‘She had her own bedroom while the girls slept in bunks in the living room and the young men dossed down in an outbuilding.’
- ‘And here is the couch where ya can doss for a few nights.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Neither of them will ever find himself dossing down in a refrigerator carton under a freeway overpass.’
- ‘After much consternation and consultation, it was arranged that the Queen would doss down with a wealthy family.’
- ‘He heads for a dirty hut in the country where he can doss down and eke out a living.’
- ‘I'll be dossing on friends' couches for the next few days.’
- ‘This means they are walking out of the prison gates to life on the streets or dossing on friends' floors.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It was then privately-owned and I suppose letting him doss there saved them paying for a separate night watchman.’
- ‘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.’
2Spend time idly.‘all I've seen her do so far is doss around’
- ‘Suspect certain people of dossing online or e-mailing mates in Sydney?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Loads of unsigned bands turn up and doss about for a week, basically.’
- ‘I'll be dossing round the house until the football season starts again.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Firstly, it improves productivity by prevent staff dossing or e-mailing pals in Boston all afternoon.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Then he just dossed as he does when he gets to the front.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They played around it as children, dossed around it as teenagers, brought weekend visitors to take pictures around it whenever they came to stay.’
- ‘Maybe they assumed that I wasn't married, or I was taking money from the state, or I was dossing in work.’
- ‘Back on the ground and dossing about with school mates, it was difficult to forget we were in a competition.’
- ‘Perhaps that was because this time around I actually wanted to learn rather than doss around.’
- ‘Is it an issue of privacy, employers' liability or just cutting down on staff dossing at work?’
- ‘Back in Wicklow, he says, he can happily doss away weeks and months with them without so much as a blink.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
1An instance of sleeping in rough accommodation or on an improvised bed.
easy task, easy job, child's play, five-finger exercise, gift, walkover, nothing, sinecure, gravy trainView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is generally perceived to be a bit of a doss job and well paid to boot.’
- ‘As most of us saw art class as a doss lesson, we ignored any advice given by our harassed art teacher.’
Late 18th century: perhaps based on Latin dorsum ‘back’.
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