One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Stay in bed because of illness.
- ‘She was suffering from an incurable organic spinal complaint which had obliged her to keep her bed for seven years.’
- ‘Then the fever begins to seize them, and they keep their beds two days, very seldom three.’
- ‘It continued till my coming here to Berwick, and then became so vehement, turning to a flux of blood with so great pain as was possible, that I was constrained to keep my bed 15 days.’
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