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bed board

noun
1.
a thin, rigid board placed between a mattress and bedspring to give firm support.
Also, bedboard.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85

bed and board

noun
1.
living quarters and meals:
In this school students must pay by the week for bed and board.
2.
one's home regarded as exemplifying the obligations of marriage:
He said he would not be responsible for her debts after she left his bed and board.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English
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Examples for bed board
  • The trailers all needed the bed board replaced on them.
British Dictionary definitions for bed board

bed and board

noun
1.
sleeping accommodation and meals
2.
(US, law) divorce from bed and board, a form of divorce whereby the parties are prohibited from living together but the marriage is not dissolved
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Idioms and Phrases with bed board
Lodging and meals, as in Housekeepers usually earn a standard salary in addition to bed and board. This phrase was first recorded in the York Manual (c. 1403), which stipulated certain connubial duties: “Her I take ... to be my wedded wife, to hold to have at bed and at board.” Later bed was used merely to denote a place to sleep.
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