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a small, light table, usually with folding legs, used mainly for card games.
Historical Examples

And an hour after midnight Clodagh rose from the card-table, a loser to the extent of over forty pounds.
The Gambler Katherine Cecil Thurston

The Captain arranged the card-table, whilst Fritz removed the tea-things.
Major Frank A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint

He flung a gold piece on the card-table and lost it with indifference.
Sylvie: souvenirs du Valois Grard de Nerval

Jack recognized the voice of two of his late companions at the card-table.
A Protegee of Jack Hamlin’s and Other Stories Bret Harte

She did not care for “eternal card-parties,” and considered the card-table “an annihilator of ideas.”
Anna Seward Stapleton Martin

Of the incidents of the card-table I could remember next to nothing.
Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever

That is why Wellington is stripping the French line of penetration as bare of sustenance as this card-table.
The Snare Rafael Sabatini

“I have been very busy,” replied he, and walking from the card-table, went up to him.
A Simple Story Mrs. Inchbald

Miss Halcombe and Mr. Gilmore sat down together at the card-table—Mrs. Vesey took her customary chair.
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins

One morning I got up from the card-table after sitting there thirty-six hours.
The Trail of ’98 Robert W. Service


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