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foot rail

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noun Furniture.
  1. a stretcher connecting the legs of a piece of furniture, as a chair or table, upon which the feet may be rested.

Origin of foot rail

First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for foot rail

Historical Examples

  • The boy flung himself on the bed with his back against the foot-rail.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • They were placed on a stove,—on a red-hot stove with a loafers' foot-rail about it.

  • Peter interlaced his fingers round one knee and settled himself comfortably against the foot-rail.

    The Arrival of Jimpson

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • He was the man who flung himself upon the foot-rail of that plunging engine.

    One of My Sons

    Anna Katharine Green

  • And then he hitched it to the foot-rail where I couldn't help seeing it every time I looked that way.

    Heart of Gold

    Ruth Alberta Brown