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writing desk

noun
1.
a piece of furniture with a surface for writing, with drawers and pigeonholes for writing materials.
2.
a portable case that when opened forms a surface on which to write.
Origin of writing desk
1605-1615
1605-15
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  • He was flying to the writing-desk, but Aleck stopped him and put him back in his chair.

  • The writing-desk has not been broken open nor the pocketbook stolen.

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • Placing it with the pocket-book, he locked the writing-desk, exclaiming, "It is useless to struggle further—I must yield to fate!"

    Auriol W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • He went to the locked drawer in his writing-desk and took out the revolver.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • Formerly he had a pretty black cat that used to lie on his knees or sleep on his writing-desk when he was at work.

    Methods of Authors Hugo Erichsen
  • More than fifty of these years, as he used himself to say, he had passed at his writing-desk.

    Evolution, Old & New Samuel Butler
  • Mr. Hancock bowed once more and sat down to his writing-desk.

  • I've been quoting Tasso to that little signorina of a writing-desk.

  • Up in his own chamber, he walked straight over to his writing-desk.

    Her Dark Inheritance Mrs. E. Burke Collins
  • Josie stepped to her writing-desk and took from it a letter.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
British Dictionary definitions for writing-desk

writing desk

noun
1.
a piece of furniture with a writing surface and drawers and compartments for papers, writing materials, etc
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