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  • " 'Mr. Dunworthy's had to turn the Senior Common Room into an office. She has no respect at all for the sported oak or the notion of knocking, so Mr. Dunworthy's had to devise an outer and inner office, though I personally think a moat would have been more effective.'"

    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, p 21

    The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang says a sported oak = a sporting door, which is "a door closed against intruders: university."

    July 5, 2010