(A). The pulpit, reading-desk, and clerk's desk arranged in a church, towering one above the other. Now an obsolete arrangement.
“In the midst of the church stands ... the offensive structure of pulpit, reading-desk, and clerk's desk: in fact, a regular old three-decker in full sail westward.” —The Christian Remembrancer. July, 1852, p. 92.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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