One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a table) having a hinged flap.
- ‘While pushing it around, I realised we have no drop-leaf tables in the house.’
- ‘On the drop-leaf table sits a little lamp from the late '30s whose base is a stylized horse in black ceramic; its triangular, red parchment-like shade has edges laced like a dimestore wallet.’
- ‘Most boats were also fitted with two small chairs and a small drop-leaf table.’
- ‘In the main saloon area there are port and starboard settees with a centerline drop-leaf table followed by a port galley and starboard navigation station.’
- ‘For the first five years the standard layout consisted of opposing settees forward with a drop-leaf table between which formed a dinette or double berth.’
- ‘There is, for example, a remarkable pair of small drop-leaf tables produced around 1790 in southeastern Virginia, probably in Norfolk or its immediate environs.’
- ‘In the center of the print room is a late eighteenth-century walnut drop-leaf table from Delaware, and around it are two pairs of mahogany Chippendale chairs - one pair American and the other English.’
- ‘First one drop-leaf and then another could be raised to support relationships among those who gathered around the table.’
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