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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shed in which firewood is stored.
  • intransitive v. Slang To practice on a musical instrument.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An enclosed, roofed structure, often an outbuilding, used primarily to store firewood.
  • n. A place where punishments or reprimands are administered.
  • v. To practice or rehearse using a musical instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shed for keeping wood for fuel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a shed for storing firewood or garden tools


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  • The woodshed is the leadership of both parties bringing members in who either are not following the party line or feel that they won ` t follow the party line, and putting the pressure on them to get them to do something to accomplish a leadership goal.

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  • Stormy Day at Sugar Creek_, and behind the woodshed was the great big schoolyard where we played baseball and blindman's buff and other games in the fall and spring, and where we play fox-and-goose in the winter.

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  • The end of the woodshed was the limit of their vision down the long yard.

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  • But there are conservatives who believe the woodshed is the last place they should be.


  • This is not to say that the General doesn't deserve to be taken, as Ronald Reagan once did to budget director David Stockman, to the White House "woodshed" for his media indiscretions.

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  • I hope she isn't taken to the proverbial "woodshed" for her "journalistic integrity" ... an almost forgotten term.

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  • When you have administration (management) and a Union that is self serving that wants, wants, wants regardless of the students and parents affected by the high costs both deserve to be taken to the "woodshed".


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