a board night

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Please, what does "a board night" mean?
I almost sure that the second "board" in this context means "the decision-making body of an organization". But I'm utterly not sure about the first one.

Oliver had not been within the walls of the workhouse a quarter of an hour, and had scarcely completed the demolition of a second slice of bread, when Mr. Bumble, who had handed him over to the care of an old woman, returned; and, telling him it was a board night, informed him that the board had said he was to appear before it forthwith.

Source: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
Thank you in advance.
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    Probably a night when the board meets. So as they're meeting that night, he can appear forthwith. (So with other kinds of regular nights: a poker night = a night when you play poker; my German night = the night when I study German in evening classes; and so on.)
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