lay the table

lay the table

To place and arrange things to be used while eating a meal, such as plates, utensils, glasses, napkins, etc.; to set the table. Janie, would you please lay the table? We'll be ready to eat shortly.
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References in classic literature ?
Sally came in to lay the table, and Philip began to chaff her.
A moment later, as I started down the companion stairs to lay the table for dinner, I heard him loudly curing some men amidships.
Ransome was at the sideboard preparing to lay the table for the first sea dinner of the passage.
A horrid rattling of knives and forks sounded outside the door, and the footman came in to lay the table for luncheon.
CHILDREN should be able to tie shoelaces at eight, lay the table at nine and be trusted with a front-door key at 14, a study claims.
Never lay the table ever again Why lay the table when you can stick a week's-worth of cutlery in the middle of the table in a glass jar for everyone to take their own?
NEVER LAY THE TABLE EVER AGAIN Why lay the table when you can stick a week'sworth of cutlery in the middle of the table in a glass jar for everyone to take their own?
1 NEVER LAY THE TABLE AGAIN Why lay the table when you can stick a week's worth of cutlery in the middle in a glass jar for everyone to take their own?
Billy arrived early for the breakfast and Nat told him he could help lay the table while they waited for Hugo Hare, since the breakfast was not ready yet.
A 52-year-old British woman, who did not wish to be named, was injured by the pellets on what was the first day of the hunting season, as she was trying to lay the table for lunch in the remote area.
celebrity is absurd in so many ways" Actor Dominic West "I used to make him lay the table too until I realised one day, once all the guests were already seated, that the reason I didn't recognise the tablecloth was because he'd laid all the places on top of a checked duvet cover" Sarah Brown on her husband the Prime Minister "I have any number of paunchy, male greying friends in their mid-forties who have played the field for so long that they fail to notice that they are on the clearance shelf" Rowan Pelling, co-founder of The Erotic Review "As a Freeman of the City of London, I am entitled to stroll about the place with my sword unsheathed.
One week we will be 'paying the Victorian wages', and on another learning to lay the table and fold napkins and on another making Victorian cards.
Valley Design says there is no longer a need to lay the table on its back and fold the legs--no more bending, kneeling and stooping with Nester.