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  • n. a bed of boards (without a mattress)


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  • You can have a seat on a plank-bed there are comfortable chairs for the more delicate and eat your food with an aluminum fork.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • In the evening I took a short walk on the beach and returned at night to my plank-bed, where I slept soundly all night.

    Journey to the Interior of the Earth

  • A horsehair sofa, of a hard old-fashioned type, formed a downy couch for one; the dining-table, covered by one of the travelling-rugs, answered as a bed -- rather of the prison plank-bed order -- for number two; and the old-fashioned spinet, standing against the wall, furnished sleeping accommodation for number three.

    Through Finland in Carts

  • Thank your stars then for every day's experience, for, when you have learned the lesson of it and turned its discipline into service, the prison shall transform itself into a hermitage, the dungeon into a home; the burnt skilly shall be sweet in your mouth; and your rest on the plank-bed the dreamless slumber of a little child.

    Oscar Wilde

  • They and her face showed no memory of the prison-cell, the plank-bed, and the prison walls; they showed no sense of Drayton's decency in coming to meet her, no sense of anything at all but of the queerness, the greatness and the glory of the world -- of him, perhaps, as a part of it.

    The Tree of Heaven

  • There ought to have been a crucifix on the wall above the plank-bed, but there wasn't a crucifix.

    The Tree of Heaven

  • And my couch in the cooling gallery -- my favorite couch, in my favorite corner, which I had secured with gusto on coming in -- it was a bed of thorns, with hideous visions of a plank-bed to follow!

    A Thief in the Night: a Book of Raffles' Adventures

  • He cared nothing for the plank-bed and uncomfortable diet; but he always gathered himself together, and cursed with extraordinary rage, as he told how they had cut off the white hair which had grown down upon his shoulders.

    In Wicklow and West Kerry

  • The following night, as Askenov was reclining upon his plank-bed trying to sleep, he heard some one approach and place himself at his feet.

    Exiled to Siberia

  • Cross's plank-bed, is obliged to subsist on the miserable prison fare, is dressed in the prison garb, is compelled to submit to every kind of physical indignity, is shut out from all communication with his relatives or friends except for one visit during the second three months, is denied the use of pen and ink, and debarred from all reading except the blessed Book.

    Prisoner for Blasphemy


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