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    open down

    A bureau is a desk with drawers and usually a top that opens down to make a table to write on.

    What does opens down mean in the above sentence?
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    Re: open down

    I think the following pictures might be helpful to the OP, but I am not a teacher.

    http://www.christybird.com/closeups/...usedfurn1.html
    (Please scroll down to see the second picture.)
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 25-Sep-2015 at 08:45.

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    Re: open down

    Where did you find that sentence, sitifan?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: open down

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...ureau?q=bureau
    bureau

    noun
    (British English) a desk with drawers and usually a top that opens down to make a table to write on
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    Re: open down

    Please cite your source in post #1 in future, sitifan.

    I prefer '...a top that lets down to make a table...' or '...a top that can be lowered to make a table...'

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