Reaching across fellow diners for food instead of asking them to pass it. For example, At holiday meals when the whole family is gathered, Dad always scolds at least one child for his boardinghouse reach. This term alludes to the formerly common boardinghouse practice of seating all the residents at one large table and to the rudeness of those who simply reached across others to help themselves. Heard less often today, it is not quite obsolete. [c. 1900]
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The first thing they told us was that the traffickers are now using Turkish ports, which are relatively easy to reach from Syria.
Or (horrors) he could reach out to congressional leaders in both parties to pursue bipartisan legislation.
He seemed to get a little turned around on the way but managed to reach what might have been presumed to be his destination.
Do we critique those women who would modify themselves just to reach those standards?Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As a well-known advocate for Baluch rights in Iran, young Iranians reach out to him for advice.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That which is called nasality is caused by the failure of the tone to reach freely the anterior cavities of the nares.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
It is to be remembered, however, that a few of these bacteria may reach the sputum from the upper air-passages.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
They will reach you by the hands of Mr. Mackenzie, a worldly-minded Scotch merchant, but honest as to earthly things.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
There is always in the background of my mind dread lest help should reach the enemy before we have done with Sedd-el-Bahr.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
He thus decoyed them away, and the fortunate couple were enabled to reach the British lines under cover of the darkness.The Red Year|Louis Tracy