from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. in parliamentary usage, to lay, as a report, motion, etc., on the table of the presiding officer, -- that is, to postpone the consideration of, by a vote; -- also called to table . It is a tactic often used with the intention of postponing consideration of a motion indefinitely, that is, to kill the motion.
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The unfinished business was taken up, being the motion to lay on the table the substitute offered by Mr. Hooker of Holmes,