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  • noun Plural form of paillasse.


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  • It was filthy, and contained two small paillasses full of fleas, two hard kitchen chairs, and a small kitchen table.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton 2006

  • I then routed out an old screen, and ran it across the room, dividing it into two, thereby enabling the amo to charge me for bedroom and sitting-room In the bedroom half I ran two straw paillasses together for a bed; two little primitive washstands, capable of containing a pint of water; and two tiny tables of like dimensions for our toilet.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton 2006

  • The pods and stalks are used for fuel: and the leaves are much preferable to common straw, for making paillasses.

    Travels through France and Italy 2004

  • Vol. 6: Oeuvres anonymes du XVIIIe siècle (IV): célèbre libertine Décrets des sens sanctionnés par la volupté Requête et décret en faveur des putains, des fouteuses, des maquerelles et des branleuses contre les bougres, les bardaches et les brûleurs de paillasses Ordonnance de police de Messieurs les officiers et gouverneurs du Palais Royal Le Degré des âges du plaisir ou jouissances voluptueuses de deux personnes de sexes différents, aux différentes époques de la vie

    Sex for Thought Darnton, Robert 1994

  • I had to drive as far as Zakopane and Rabka [Both these places are on the Polish-Slovak border, some sixty miles from Auschwitz.] to acquire cooking utensils for the prisoners 'kitchen, and to the Sudetenland for bedsteads and paillasses.

    Commandant of Auschwitz Hoess, Rudolf 1951

  • A zealous surgeon pointed out to the proper officer that this bedding consisted in fact of double ticking, evidently intended as _paillasses_, to be stuffed with straw.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 49, November, 1861 Various

  • As there seemed to be innumerable _paillasses_, laid side by side at intervals of perhaps a foot with their heads to the wall on three sides of me, I was wondering why the vulture had stopped at six.

    The Enormous Room 1928

  • Three or four _paillasses_ away, a subdued conversation was proceeding.

    The Enormous Room 1928

  • Arriving at our beds he paused, seemed to consider a moment, then, not touching our _paillasses_ proper, proceeded to open our duffle bags and hunt half-heartedly, remarking that "somebody might have put it in;" and so passed on.

    The Enormous Room 1928

  • They even slept in them, for, in the absence of berths, women had to sleep on the floor of the saloons and in the library each night on straw _paillasses_, and here it was not possible to undress properly.

    The Loss of the S. S. Titanic Its Story and Its Lessons Lawrence Beesley 1922


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