One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A landing at the top of a set of stairs.
- ‘The four porters have now come up and are waiting at the stairhead to be paid.’
- ‘There was a time when people did not report domestic violence, for example, and I'm quite sure that not every scuffle at a stairhead would be reported.’
- ‘Cam's own table was at the stairhead, the better to greet and farewell his guests, and to ask a favoured one occasionally to join him for a quick drink.’
- ‘Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.’
- ‘Antoine took up his position at the stairhead, so that he could see all the clerks as they came in under the arched gateway.’
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