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lay the table

To place and arrange things to be used while eating a meal, such as plates, utensils, glasses, napkins, etc. Janie, would you please lay the table? We'll be ready to eat shortly.
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We found Blanche Stroeve laying the table for dinner.
She went on laying the table, but her hands trembled.
They seemed greatly surprised to see so strange a company, and while the woman was busy laying the table the man asked:
Well, I've been cooking our dinner instead - laying the table - getting up the wines - never had such a joke
When later I saw him through the chink of the hinges of the door laying the table in the dining room, I was assured of it.
Inquiring of Madame Lippevechsel who was busy laying the table while Katerina Ivanovna was away at the cemetery, he heard that the entertainment was to be a great affair, that all the lodgers had been invited, among them some who had not known the dead man, that even Andrey Semyonovitch Lebeziatnikov was invited in spite of his previous quarrel with Katerina Ivanovna, that he, Pyotr Petrovitch, was not only invited, but was eagerly expected as he was the most important of the lodgers.
The steward, pouring out the coffee into the mate's cup, muttered moodily but distinctly: "The lady wasn't when I was laying the table.
The steward being engaged in laying the table for din- ner, we could talk only with our eyes when I first went down.
I used to get 50p for a week's worth of tidying, washing-up, laying the table and helping to hang the washing out.
Before they get to the cooking, however, there are 9 lessons to work through, including everything from getting the kitchen in order to understanding the terminology and including cleaning up and laying the table.
When we asked what he is doing, he replied "I'm laying the table.
Mrs Slattery had started laying the table for Christmas lunch before she headed upstairs.
Rhian Griffiths, Kitchen and Tableware Buyer at Leekes, reminds us that laying the table for Christmas lunch can be as much fun as decorating the tree - so get everyone involved and make them feel part of the preparations.
Back the camera goes to the kitchen where the mum is peeling carrots, checking the freezer, laying the table for breakfast, putting Christmas loo roll on to the holder, decorating a Yule log and yawning while she strikes things off her enormous to-do list.