E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The pulpit, reading-desk, and clerks desk arranged in a church, towering one above the other. Now an obsolete arrangement.
In the midst of the church stands the offensive structure of pulpit, reading-desk, and clerks desk: In fact, a regular old three-decker in full sail westward.The Christian Remembrancer, July, 1852, p. 92.