One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
See gateleg table
- ‘The family retired to the old-fashioned parlor with its straight-backed armchairs, horsehair chesterfield, pump organ, and gatelegged tables.’
- ‘The dark oak gatelegged table and solid chest-of-drawers are consistent with his earlier statement that he inherited his parents’ oak furniture; moreover, its darkness is consonant with the staid owner's solid character and melancholic disposition.’
- ‘Then we got down the cedar gatelegged table Papa made and she is borrowing it for her dinette until she gets one.’
- ‘It was gatelegged - its top could unfold and the back legs could swing out to support it.’
- ‘She sat on the sofa in the place of honour; gatelegged tables were brought in, and baked meats in trays.’
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