We made our way to the buffet hotplate, which was groaning beneath
a large array of everything you would expect from a Chinese restaurant, and price more - sesame prawn toast, spare ribs, crispy duck, spring rolls, seaweed and prawn crackers, to name but a few.
The usual fantasy is one of mahogany-paneled splendor, of wingback chairs beside roaring fires, of liveried waiters pouring sherry from crystal decanters, of tables groaning beneath
the weight of platters laden with squab, asparagus and cheesecake.
MOST keen amateur cooks will have shelves groaning beneath
the weight of recipe books and will be glued to their television any time a cookery programme's screened.
US attempts to isolate Syria, however haphazard, are foundering on the international community's unwillingness to destabilise Damascus, with the region already groaning beneath
the shadow of Iraq's chaos (see sbme3-Iraq-7-USpresenceSunniShi'iteWarMar6-06).
Bookshop shelves are groaning beneath
the burden of billions of published pages on the lastest trendy diets, many of them packing a celebrity endorsement.