woodshed
I. noun Date: 1777 1. a shed for storing wood and especially firewood 2. a place, means, or session for administering discipline II. intransitive verb (-shedded; -shedding) Etymology: probably from the former use of woodsheds for private practicing Date: 1936 practice; especially to practice on a musical instrument

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  • woodshed — ► NOUN ▪ a shed where firewood is stored. ● something nasty in the woodshed Cf. ↑something nasty in the woodshed …   English terms dictionary

  • woodshed — [wood′shed΄] n. a shed for storing firewood ☆ vi. woodshedded, woodshedding [? from the notion that an isolated woodshed is fit for practicing] Slang to practice on a musical instrument so as to improve or perfect one s technical facility,… …   English World dictionary

  • woodshed — 1844, from WOOD (Cf. wood) (n.) + SHED (Cf. shed) (n.). Sometimes a euphemism for outhouse. Figuratively, as the place for private punishment, 1907, Amer.Eng. colloquial …   Etymology dictionary

  • woodshed — 1. noun a) An enclosed, roofed structure, often an outbuilding, used primarily to store firewood. The State Department is incensed, and if this conference fails it will be the woodshed for three Central American presidents. b) A place where… …   Wiktionary

  • woodshed — noun a shed where firewood is stored. verb (woodsheds, woodshedding, woodshedded) [usu. as noun woodshedding] informal (of a musician) practise in private. ↘improvise or harmonize spontaneously. Phrases something nasty in the woodshed Brit.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • woodshed — UK [ˈwʊdˌʃed] / US noun [countable] Word forms woodshed : singular woodshed plural woodsheds a small building used for storing wood for making fires …   English dictionary

  • woodshed — [[t]w ʊdʃed[/t]] woodsheds N COUNT A woodshed is a small building which is used for storing wood for a fire …   English dictionary

  • woodshed — /ˈwʊdʃɛd/ (say woodshed) noun a shed, especially one for firewood. {wood1 + shed1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • woodshed — n. a shed where wood for fuel is stored. Phrases and idioms: something nasty in the woodshed colloq. a shocking or distasteful thing kept secret …   Useful english dictionary

  • woodshed — /wood shed /, n., v., woodshedded, woodshedding. n. 1. a shed for storing wood for fuel. v.i. 2. Slang. to practice a musical instrument assiduously and with a specific goal in mind: He s woodshedding for next week s show. [1835 45; WOOD1 +… …   Universalium

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