Remains on the table

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on July 05, 2007

In Reply to: Remains on the table posted by John Jones on July 05, 2007

: Is this a correct saying (in quotes) and what does it mean exactly? ... the argument, advice "remains on the table"

The basic metaphor here is of bringing a proposal, appeal, argument or whatever to the attention of a meeting, board or assembly by laying it (imagine it as a written document) on the conference table. If the matter "remains on the table" it means it has neither been fully accepted or rejected (in which case it could be removed and filed away) but has still to be dealt with. (VSD)