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coverings for a bed, as sheets and blankets; bedding.
Historical Examples

Lady Louisa Manvers was waiting for her nephew, propped up in bed, clutching the bed-clothes with leaden, corpse-pale hands.
Notwithstanding Mary Cholmondeley

Papa was the Pussycat and she was the little mouse in her hole under the bed-clothes.
Life and Death of Harriett Frean May Sinclair

She turned down the bed-clothes and showed herself quite naked, and without mark or wound.
One Hundred Merrie And Delightsome Stories Various

A bloody sweat, oozing from every pore, crimsoned his bed-clothes.
Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott

Fumbling among the bed-clothes, he produced a soiled certificate, which he smoothed out and regarded sadly.
McAllister and His Double Arthur Train

She had not seen the babies before, for they were covered by the bed-clothes.
Poppy’s Presents Mrs O. F. Walton

He found himself presently in his room at the paper-shop, and lay biting the bed-clothes, spasm after spasm traversing his body.
The Lord of the Sea M. P. Shiel

He drew from under the bed-clothes the household washing-book.
A Great Man Arnold Bennett

Just then two hospital attendants bore away a corpse, rolled in its bed-clothes.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 63, No. 391, May, 1848 Various

It came away, followed by the sheet and the rest of the bed-clothes.
The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII. Guy de Maupassant

plural noun
sheets, blankets, and other coverings of a bed

also bedclothes, late 14c., from bed (n.) + clothes.


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