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doss(dŏs) Chiefly British Slang
1. Sleep; rest.
2. A crude or makeshift bed.
intr.v. dossed, doss·ing, doss·es
To go to bed, especially in a crude or makeshift bed; sleep.
[Perhaps alteration of dorse, back, from Latin dorsum.]
1. (often foll by: down) to sleep, esp in a dosshouse
2. (often foll by: around) to pass time aimlessly
3. (Furniture) a bed, esp in a dosshouse
4. a slang word for sleep
5. (Social Welfare) short for dosshouse
6. a task or pastime requiring little effort: making a film is a bit of a doss.
[C18: of uncertain origin]
1. a bed in a doss house.
2. an improvised bed.v.i.
3. to sleep in any convenient place.
[1775–85; orig. obscure]
Past participle: dossed