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  • n. a person who stays in bed until a relatively late hour

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Examples

  • With all this she was a little of a slattern, something more of a lie-abed, and, above all, a gossip of the first water; neglecting house, household, and every thing else, to loiter slipshod in the houses of her gossip neighbors.

    The Alhambra

  • She was no "lie-abed" in any case, and in her present nervous state she had to be up and doing.

    Ruth Fielding Down East Or, The Hermit of Beach Plum Point

  • Mrs. Hazleton scolded her jestingly for late rising, and asked if she was always such a lie-abed.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851

  • She wondered sleepily at his sprightliness, for as she remembered him at home he had been a confirmed lie-abed.

    Big Timber A Story of the Northwest

  • "You are no lie-abed at least," said the green gentleman.

    The House of Arden

  • That early training of hers from Aunt Fanny Warham had made it forever impossible for her in any circumstances to become the typical luxuriously sheltered woman, whether legally or illegally kept -- the lie-abed woman, the woman who dresses only to go out and show off, the woman who wastes her life in petty, piffling trifles -- without purpose, without order or system, without morals or personal self-respect.

    Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise, Volume II

  • Warham had made it forever impossible for her in any circumstances to become the typical luxuriously sheltered woman, whether legally or illegally kept -- the lie-abed woman, the woman who dresses only to go out and show off, the woman who wastes her life in petty, piffling trifles -- without purpose, without order or system, without morals or personal self-respect.

    Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise

  • Holland, unlike France, is a lie-abed country, and at an hour when a French town would be astir and its streets already thronged with people hurrying to buy or sell at the greatest possible advantage, a Dutch city is still asleep.

    Roden's Corner

  • 'She was not wont to be a lie-abed; but she was well then.

    The Old Curiosity Shop

  • "Sirrah lie-abed," quoth he, "'tis late in the day to be talking of eating.

    Robin Hood

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