bed and board


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bed and board

1. A place to sleep and get daily meals, or the cost of such. Well, the job doesn't pay very much but it provides bed and board, so I'm saving most of the money I earn. Transportation was free, but bed and board set me back $700.
2. The house as a symbol of the duties and sanctity of marriage. He left bed and board after 10 years of marriage.
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bed and board

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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References in classic literature ?
If a shaggy pauper had a right to bed and board and wages and a vote, women, of course, who were weaker than paupers, and whose physical tissue was in itself an appeal, should be maintained, sentimentally, at the public expense.
Ross did not take in boarders, and it was Captain Ross's letter alone that had enabled me to get from her bed and board.
Indeed, early as it was when Dame Eliza began to stir, it seemed that others could be earlier still, for the door was ajar, and the learned student of Cambridge had taken himself off, with a mind which was too intent upon the high things of antiquity to stoop to consider the four-pence which he owed for bed and board.