One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Sleep (in rough or inexpensive accommodations)‘he dossed down on a friend's floor’
sleep, be asleep, doze, rest, take a siesta, nap, take a nap, catnap, drowseView synonyms
- ‘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!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Lots of us will be settling down in shacks - baches or cribs - or dossing by the beach or sleeping in our cars.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It was then privately-owned and I suppose letting him doss there saved them paying for a separate night watchman.’
- ‘She had her own bedroom while the girls slept in bunks in the living room and the young men dossed down in an outbuilding.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And here is the couch where ya can doss for a few nights.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Neither of them will ever find himself dossing down in a refrigerator carton under a freeway overpass.’
- ‘We'd save money by hitching and sleeping in train stations or anywhere we could doss down for a couple of hours.’
- ‘I had nowhere to live and was dossing at his place.’
- ‘He actually dossed down in my luxury apartment for most of the season, moving out when we got relegated.’
1An instance of sleeping in rough accommodations.
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.’
Late 18th century: perhaps based on Latin dorsum ‘back’.
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