room and board

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room and board (uncountable)

  1. A place of lodging with daily meals, usually provided in return for rent or other considerations.
    • 1902, Edward Stratemeyer, The Young Bridge-Tender, ch. 2,
      In return for the work Sanderson was allowed an attic room and board at the Nelson cottage.
    • 2007, Michael Lindenberger, "Colleges Boost Aid to Poor Students," Time, 11 Jan.,
      Louisville is joining more than two dozen other schools that have begun promising a free education—books, tuition, and room and board—to students from poor families.


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