• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bedstaff “A wooden pin stuck anciently on the sides of the bedstead, to hold the clothes from slipping on either side.” "Hostess, accommodate us with a bedstaff .""Say there is no virtue in cudgels and bedstaves ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bedstaff A staff or stick formerly used in some way about a bed, and frequently serving as a weapon, in which sense the word most commonly occurs. Specifically— A bed-slat.
    • n bedstaff [Used in the colloquial phrase in the twinkling of a bed-staff, in which, when bedstaff became obsolete, bedpost was substituted, depriving the phrase of its literal force in modern use.
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