chamber-work

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chamber-work (uncountable)

  1. (euphemistic, obsolete) Sex, fornication.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, vol.I, New York, 2001, p.235:
      Jacchinus [] instanceth in a patient of his, that married a young wife in a hot summer, “and so dried himself with chamber-work, that he became in short space, from melancholy, mad”: he cured him by moistening remedies.
  2. The work of a chambermaid.