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Bedtime story

a story told to a child at bedtime.
Contemporary Examples

It is a bedtime story for adults, filled with first names only—Jack and Polly, Jane and Jean, Asa and Madge, Luke and Annie.
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Amazon’s new wireless reading device is sleeker, faster—and will even tell you a bedtime story.
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I changed him into his pajamas and I read him a bedtime story.
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It can take pictures at get-togethers, organize your appointments, and even read your child a bedtime story.
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And, when Brian has trouble sleeping, he requests that Larry read him a bedtime story.
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Historical Examples

The bedtime story is a definite institution in many families.
Vocational Guidance for Girls Marguerite Stockman Dickson

Then always a few pages of the diary kept by the late Herr Wilner were read as a bedtime story.
The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers

They almost drowned out the first of the bedtime story with their excited voices.
The Campfire Girls on Station Island Margaret Penrose

Jessie and Henrietta were upstairs in Jessies room listening to the bedtime story.
The Campfire Girls on Station Island Margaret Penrose

Since then many a bedtime story by the hearth-fire has been told of that spot, which to this day is known as Breakfast Hill.
Some Three Hundred Years Ago Edith Gilman Brewster


Simplistic explanation, often condescending: don’t want to hear your little bedtime story


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  • Bed tray

    a meal tray with legs or supports at each end to fit across the lap of a person who is sitting up in bed.

  • Bedwarmer

    a long-handled, covered pan containing hot coals, used for warming beds. noun a metal pan containing hot coals, formerly used to warm a bed

  • Bedwetter

    a person, usually a child, who urinates while sleeping, especially habitually.

  • Bedwetting

    urinating in bed, especially habitually and involuntarily; enuresis. Contemporary Examples Some friends saw JonBenet’s bedwetting and other problems with toilet training as a protest against the pressure of the pageants. John Ramsey’s Lingering Suspicions Lucinda Franks October 12, 2008

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