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1‘she undressed and climbed into her bed’
couch, berth, billet
informal the sack, the hay
British informal one's pit
Scottish informal kip
2‘a flower bed’
patch, plot, area, lot, space, border, strip, row
3‘the pavement consists of granite blocks set on a bed of cement’
base, basis, foundation, support, prop, stay, bottom, core, substructure, substratum
4‘the bed of the stream’
bottom, floor, ground, depths
1‘the tiles are bedded in mortar’
embed, set, fix into, insert, inlay, implant, bury, base, plant, settle
2‘I bedded out a few of the houseplants in a prominent position in the garden’
plant, plant out, set in beds, set in soil, put in the ground, set out, transplant
retire, call it a day
go to sleep, get some sleep, sleep, nap, have a nap, take a nap, catnap, doze, have a doze
hit the sack, hit the hay, turn in, snooze, snatch forty winks, get some shut-eye
kip, have a kip, get some kip, hit the pit
catch some Zs
get up, rise
have sex with, have sexual intercourse with, make love to, sleep with, spend the night with
couple with, mate with
bed, score with
have one's way with, have one's wicked way with
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