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a set of springs for the support of a mattress.
Historical Examples

Willis saw his first bedspring about 50 years ago and he still thinks a feather mattress superior to the store-bought variety.
Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States Work Projects Administration

He heard the creaking of his bedspring and the soft pat of Scotty’s bare feet as his pal swung to the floor.
Smugglers’ Reef John Blaine

Sometimes his father comes out to see him—an old fellow with bedspring whiskers.
Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train

Then, some time before sunrise, the rattle of milk-carts remind me of Mrs. Milliken’s bedspring and mattress, and I go to bed.
A Top-Floor Idyl George van Schaick


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