bed down

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bed down (third-person singular simple present beds down, present participle bedding down, simple past and past participle bedded down)

  1. (intransitive) To lie down to sleep for the night, usually of livestock or machinery.
    • 2006, Temple Grandin, Jennifer Lanier and Mark Deesing, Low Stress Methods for Moving and Herding Cattle on Pastures, Paddocks and Large Feedlot Pens, Department of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University
      The herd will tend to stay where the calves bed down.
    • 2004, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Spell
      Through the woods, and frosted moors
      Past the snow-caked hedgerows I
      Bed down upon the drifting snow
      Sleep beneath the melting sky.
  2. (transitive) To put an animal to rest for the night.
    • "We'll bed down the cattle and head into town."