from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who lies long in bed in the morning.


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  • He will put you on your mettle; and you must be no lie-a-bed if you would profit by his instruction.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844

  • I myself, a lie-a-bed, often steal out, foregoing the best hours of the day abed, that I may attend that levée.

    The Works of Max Beerbohm

  • Now when the morning was come, I waked, hearing Mistress Madison calling upon me from the other side of my door, and rating me very saucily for a lie-a-bed, and at that I made good speed at dressing, and came quickly into the saloon, where she had ready a breakfast that made me glad I had waked.

    The Boats of the Glen Carrig: Chapter 16

  • But had the morrow repeated the terrors of this day, we should hardly have been up to witness them, for (_proh pudor_!) we rewarded ourselves for our exertions by a lie-a-bed next morning in place of early school.

    Uppingham by the Sea a Narrative of the Year at Borth

  • 'pleasant' in the enforced days of lie-a-bed quietness, and would have made no murmurs over the hard fate which forbade to them the active joys of other boys and girls?

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • "lie-a-bed" as he was in the mornings, and he expected to be served with a hot breakfast whatever might be the hour of his appearance.

    Miss Dexie A Romance of the Provinces

  • Her little face peeped out of the veils and kerchiefs that wrapped her head, like a half-moon out of thick clouds; but her bright eyes shone kindly on me as she cried: "Come, haste to your breakfast, lie-a-bed!

    Margery — Volume 04


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