A hassock stuffed with straw; a bed—properly, a straw bed;
whence the cant word for a lodging-house is a dossingken. Dossel
is an old word for a bundle of hay or straw, and dosser for a
straw basket. These words were common in Elizabeth's reign. The French dossier means a “bundle.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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