wait at table

wait at table

Also, wait on table. Serve at a meal, as in She got a summer job at a resort waiting at table, or Waiting on table usually does not pay very well. [Mid-1500s] Also see wait on.
See also: table, wait
References in classic literature ?
I suppose you have not forgotten how to wait at table, and clean plate, and the rest of it, in that time?
Ali alone was present to wait at table, and acquitted himself so admirably, that the guest complimented his host thereupon.
He carries the office letter-paper home, and asked me if I couldn't go there and wait at table when there was company.
I am honest when well watched, and I can wait at table equal to the Lord Mayor o' London's butler.
Flunkeys who wait at table are ordered to remove all plates from all guests, half-empty or otherwise, as soon as Philip lines up his knife and fork in a signal he's eaten enough.
They are the people who dig roads, wait at tables, run laundries, drive limos and serve behind counters, just about any menial task you care to mention is filled by a Hispanic or an African American.
IT'S usual for out-of-work actors to wait at tables or pull pints while waiting for their big break.