One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]North American
Fold and arrange the sheet on (a bed) in such a way that anyone getting into the bed will be unable to stretch their legs out beyond the middle of the bed, as a practical joke.
- ‘To our knowledge, no one from SAIS has ever short-sheeted a bed.’
- ‘These included short-sheeting a fellow guardsman's bed, shooting mailboxes and road signs for fun, and raiding the base commissary for Pop Tarts.’
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