in bed

in bed

1. Physically in one's bed without necessarily being asleep. I was in bed for a week when I had the flu. I didn't have the energy to do much of anything. I like to spend some extra time in bed on Saturday morning, just relaxing and reading a book.
2. Asleep in one's bed. Jenna's in bed already—she had a rough week. Your brother was looking for you last night, but you were already in bed, and he didn't want to wake you.
3. Having sex. I can't believe I caught them in bed together! How am I supposed to keep this a secret?
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in ˈbed

used to refer to sexual activity: What’s he like in bed?I caught them in bed together (= having sex).
See also: bed
References in classic literature ?
It was daylight when we reached the Temple, and I went at once to bed, and lay in bed all day.
PARENTS who give their teenagers a hard time for lazing in bed should heed new research which suggests the teens only do it because they aren't getting enough sleep.
They will stay in bed for an extra hour and sign a petition opposing the proposed legislation.
Any young male hustlers who work Los Angeles's Santa Monica Boulevard should be in bed by this time on a Saturday morning--someone's bed, anyway.
It was while watching television in bed one night that the terrible call came through; we had been guffawing at a Mexican comedy, and Carmela was laughing even as she picked up the receiver; suddenly, tears were running down her cheeks and she was moaning, "Se murio mi Papacito.
So what did Cade McNown learn from this FBI point-shaving investigation: a) Start watching ``The Sopranos'' on HBO more closely, b) don't hang out with Paul Hornung and c) Do it again and you could find the head of USC's Traveler next to you in bed.
Craft said he is finding that the reduction in beds for the Lancaster home is not all that unattractive to many veterans.