tongue and groove

noun

Definition of tongue and groove 

: a joint made by a tongue on one edge of a board fitting into a corresponding groove on the edge of another board

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tongue-and-groove adjective

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There's a sale on sturdy Pelican cases, which are kept airtight through the use of a tongue and groove fit and a polymer o-ring. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: Things Won't Break in a Pelican Case," 30 Apr. 2018 The house had only one owner and the interior features real wood paneling, vaulted tongue and groove wood ceilings, a really nice lava rock fireplace and some sweet swag lamps. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "To remodel or not to remodel: Curbed readers on “remuddling,” waste, and when to renovate," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tongue and groove

1860, in the meaning defined above

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