belowstairs


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belowstairs

(bɪˈləʊˌstɛəz)
adv
(formerly) at or in the basement of a large house, considered as the place where the servants live and work
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The great room of the house looked into the street, and my new spouse being belowstairs, I had walked to the end of the room; and it being a pleasant, warm day, I had opened the window, and was standing at it for some air, when I saw three gentlemen come by on horseback and go into an inn just against us.
JK ROWLING The ultimate in Harry Potter memorabilia, this ex-schoolhouse in Tutshill, Gloucs, helped inspire her books with a belowstairs cupboard, Hogwartsstyle vaulted ceilings and a trapdoor to a creepy cellar.
The place looks so grimy and outdated that you can imagine the establishment above might have floated off to a new location 20 years ago, leaving the unsuspecting belowstairs workforce marooned amid their dirty plates.
Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards has cut his belowstairs bill from PS128,000 to PS67,000.