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  • n. Used attributively to describe a table having a leg, set into a frame in the form of a gate, that may be swung back to allow a leaf to hang down


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  • I have an old gateleg table, in need of some repair but well-built out of beautiful wide mahogany boards, that reminds me of my connection to the country every day.

    Anne Hill: Viva Haiti

  • He had the feeling that he could get inside it, and that in fact he was inside it, along with the mahogany bed and the gateleg table, and the clock and the steel engraving and the paperweight itself.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • Actually the idea had first floated into his head in the form of a vision, of the glass paperweight mirrored by the surface of the gateleg table.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • In the corner, on the gateleg table, the glass paperweight which he had bought on his last visit gleamed softly out of the half-darkness.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • Julia wandered about the room, glancing indifferently at the bookcase, pointing out the best way of repairing the gateleg table, plumping herself down in the ragged arm-chair to see if it was comfortable, and examining the absurd twelve-hour clock with a sort of tolerant amusement.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • Harry tossed his hat and gloves onto the gateleg table.

    A Wicked Gentleman

  • Mum and I need to go to town to look at tables - she measured several for me, and one gateleg is apparently only 16 wide when small, so that's interesting - and buy a birthday present for a three-year-old, and in the evening we're all going to go to The True Food Co-op, which is run by the guy who used to deliver my vegetables.

    Happy new year

  • She stepped aside to allow him in, and he saw that she had opened up the small gateleg table that stood next to the settee and pulled up the two rush-seated chairs.

    Mourn Not Your Dead

  • The furniture, a horsehair sofa, two Victorian armchairs with leather seats, a gateleg table, had apparently been rejected from the Manor proper.

    A Guilty Thing Surprised

  • At mealtimes he takes his place at the small gateleg table.

    Flowers for Algernon


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