groaning board

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groaning board

Post by Archived Topic » Tue Jan 12, 1999 12:00 am

Please - what is the specific meaning of the phrase "groaning board" and what is the origin of this phrase.
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groaning board

Post by Jonathon Green » Tue Jan 12, 1999 8:00 am

The image is of a table so overladen with food that its wooden timbers groan beneath the weight.
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