And she steers her towards a solid built davenport that we'd been meanin' to have reupholstered anyway.
The plush "set" had not gone to the auction room, however, but had been reupholstered with a serviceable "tapestry covering."
1853, back-formation from upholsterer "tradesman who finishes or repairs articles of furniture" (1610s), from upholdester (early 15c.), formed with a diminutive (originally fem.) suffix, from obsolete Middle English noun upholder "dealer in small goods" (early 14c.), from upholden "to repair, uphold, keep from falling or sinking" (in this case, by stuffing); see uphold.