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bed board

or bedboard

noun
1.
a thin, rigid board placed between a mattress and bedspring to give firm support.
Origin of bed board
1675-1685
First recorded in 1675-85

bed and board

noun
1.
living quarters and meals:
In this school students must pay by the week for bed and board.
2.
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.
Origin
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50
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British Dictionary definitions for bed board

bed and board

noun
1.
sleeping accommodation and meals
2.
(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
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Idioms and Phrases with bed board

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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