wait tables

wait (on) tables

Fig. to serve food and tend diners, as at a restaurant. I waited on tables for years to pay my college tuition.
See also: table, wait

wait (on) tables

to serve meals to people in a restaurant She earned the money for college by waiting tables.
See also: table, wait
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Rather than wait tables, struggling actor Jason Lassen opted to perform at children's birthday parties and quickly found out how competitive and political they are.
These are the people who clean houses, tend gardens, wait tables and look after the children of professionals so they can go out and earn high incomes.
They would wait tables at first, then they would start entertaining guests at the table.
Cardle, 27, used to wait tables and perform with his band - Ali McMillan and Richard Grace - at the Halstead drinking spot, months before he applied to the ITV1 talent contest.
From the September issue: Actors who wait tables are ubiquitous in New York, but Broadway dancers who double as real estate agents?
I wait tables because I like it and as long as I can remain good at it, I'll do it.
Local officers will wait tables and collect tips to be donated to Special Olympics, 5 to 9 p.
So, I was just happy that from the money I was going to make from the pilot I wouldn't have to wait tables at least for a couple of months.
With the rising cost of college, many North Carolina students still wait tables and take part-time jobs to pay their share of the cost of education, but CFI, true to the legacy of visionary Gov.
Who needs a university degree to wait tables and serve drinks, to build houses, to work as hospital orderlies, bus drivers, and sales clerks?
If all the people who are saying they're willing to hit the streets actually do so, there won't be a lot of people left indoors to wait tables, reach school, or pay taxes during W's second term.
After a couple of tedious jobs came and went, I believed unless I wanted to arrange coat hangers, wait tables, or flip burgers on the minimum wage, I was going to be sorely disappointed.
So, why should we tolerate carcinogenic tobacco fumes, if we serve bars or wait tables in restaurants?
Wait tables, work as a bank teller or a grocery clerk, spend a summer as a camp counselor, be a Peace Corps volunteer before you become a professional communicator.
I was looking for a job and I walked off the street into an Italian restaurant near my apartment-I figured I could wait tables.