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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.

BY-TABLE, n. comb. A side-table. Obs. earlier in St.Eng. (last Eng. quot. in N.E.D. 1625).Sc. [1779] J. Beattie Scoticisms (1787) 12:
There is beef on the by-table.
Ags. 1712 A. Jerviss Land of Lindsays 426: 
A big table and two littel ons, and a by table.

[See etym. note to By-bite.]

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