breakfast in bed

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breakfast in bed (countable and uncountable, plural breakfasts in bed)

  1. Breakfast served to one in bed upon waking, commonly to show appreciation for the receiver.
    In New Zealand and The Netherlands it's tradition that children who are still in primary school serve their mothers breakfast in bed.


breakfast in bed (third-person singular simple present breakfasts in bed, present participle breakfasting in bed, simple past and past participle breakfasted in bed)

  1. (intransitive) To enjoy one's breakfast while in bed.
    • 1876, Charles James Dunphie, The Splendid Advantages of Being a Woman‎, page 67:
      Not that I "go in" for breakfasting in bed. It is a lazy, ignoble habit. A man ought to divide his life fairly between bed and board.

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