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Jacob's joint. I always thought it was Jacob's joins, meaning to share, but now realise it should logically be 'joint'

Posted by Brenda Godfrey on August 05, 2003

In Reply to: Jacob's joint posted by JTF 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?