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drop leaf

noun, Furniture.
a hinged leaf attached to the end or side of a table that can be raised to extend the tabletop or folded vertically downward when not in use.
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drop-leaf, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • An inlaid Hepplewhite table stood against the wall between the two front windows, with its drop-leaf raised against the wall.

    Polly's Business Venture Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • There lay the letter on the drop-leaf side-table, among the shells.

    Miss Lulu Bett Zona Gale
  • A drop-leaf table at one end of the room was sometimes used for meals, because there was no dining room.

  • Ought she not to have old-fashioned silver and egg-shell china and drop-leaf mahogany to fit the practice?

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • At the Allisons house the driver took on a kitchen table with one drop-leaf gone and the other hanging by one hinge.

    Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • A tea-table is usually of the drop-leaf variety because it is more easily moved than a solid one.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • When opened out a table is seen with two extensions for drop-leaf.

  • It was a drop-leaf table, the leaves being cut in with a double curve at each of the four corners.

British Dictionary definitions for drop-leaf

drop leaf

  1. a hinged flap on a table that can be raised and supported by a bracket or additional pivoted leg to extend the surface
  2. (as modifier): a drop-leaf table
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