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Bed board

a thin, rigid board placed between a mattress and bedspring to give firm support.
living quarters and meals:
In this school students must pay by the week for bed and board.
one’s home regarded as exemplifying the obligations of marriage:
He said he would not be responsible for her debts after she left his bed and board.
sleeping accommodation and meals
(US, law) divorce from bed and board, a form of divorce whereby the parties are prohibited from living together but the marriage is not dissolved
Lodging and meals, as in Housekeepers usually earn a standard salary in addition to bed and board. This phrase was first recorded in the York Manual (c. 1403), which stipulated certain connubial duties: “Her I take … to be my wedded wife, to hold to have at bed and at board.” Later bed was used merely to denote a place to sleep.


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