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gate-leg table

[geyt-leg] /ˈgeɪtˌlɛg/
noun
1.
a table having drop leaves supported by gate legs.
Also, gate-legged table.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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British Dictionary definitions for gateleg table

gate-leg table

noun
1.
a table with one or two drop leaves that are supported when in use by a hinged leg swung out from the frame
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Encyclopedia Article for gateleg table

type of table first used in England in the 16th century. The top had a fixed section and one or two hinged sections, which, when not in use, folded back onto the fixed section or were allowed to hang vertically. The hinged section, or flap, was supported on pivoted legs joined at the top and bottom by stretchers and so constituting a gate. Large flaps had two supports, which had the advantage of providing freer leg space in the centre

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