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to table a question

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  • to just say what you want to say

    April 30, 2010

  • I had thought this meant to "put the question aside for now"? Not really sure though.

    April 30, 2010

  • I'm with thtownse. "Let's table it" is to "put it on the back burner". Table is an autoantonym: table an offer (present it) v. table, withdraw.

    Cf., beg the question.

    May 1, 2010

  • Never heard it. I've heard of tabling documents, reports, etc. that is putting them before a parliament, commission or some such, but tabling questions ... ?

    May 1, 2010

  • I agree with oroboros and thtownse - to table something is to agree to postpone dealing with it.

    May 1, 2010

  • I think the autoantonym comes more strongly in the idiomatic expression "put something on the table" -- that phrase can equally mean present new information or laying old information aside.

    May 1, 2010

  • I suggest we table this question. That way, those who interpret it to mean putting it aside can refrain from further comment for now, while those who see it the other way can continue the debate.

    May 4, 2010

  • Putting something on the table always meant, to me, to bring it forward for discussion or examination. Tabling a question is a parliamentary/congressional thing to do, and it means putting it on a table for later discussion. If it helps, think of it as a side table.

    Perhaps we should change the idiom to "nightstanding the question."

    It would make congressional debates more titillating, anyhow.

    May 4, 2010

  • Bilby and cb are right. To table a question is to put it out there (on the table) and invite discussion. Used in parliament and in other formal meetings.

    May 5, 2010

  • ...Or temporarily pulling the chair (Chairperson's immediate support) out from underneath it.

    May 5, 2010