Posted by Bookworm on August 05, 2003
In Reply to: Jacob's joint posted by Bob on August 05, 2003
: : The phrase is used of a shared meal - where everybody brings something and puts it on a table for people to help themselves.
: : It is commonly used in the mountainous area of Lancashire and Yorkshire but I have not found it used outside.
: : But what does it mean and is it used elsewhere?
: It's unknown in the U.S. Here, that's a pot luck dinner.
There was a posting some time ago for a phrase with a similar meaning and origin: "Jacob's joy". Could it be biblical?