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 Chair (The).Chair-days. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
When members of the House of Commons and other debaters call out “Chair,” they mean that the chairman is not properly supported, and his words not obeyed as they ought to be. Another form of the same expression is, “Pray support the chair.”   1
   Groaning chair. The chair in which a woman is confined or sits afterwards to receive congratulations. Similarly “groaning cake” and “groaning cheese” are the cake and cheese which used to be provided in “Goose month.”   2
“For a nurse, the child to dandle,
Sugar, soap, spiced pots, and candle
A groaning chair, and eke a cradle.”
Poor Robin’s Almanack, 1676

 Chair (The).Chair-days. 


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