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set 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 set the table? We'll be ready to eat shortly.
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set the table

to place plates, glasses, napkins, etc., on the table before a meal. (The opposite of clear the table.) Jane, would you please set the table? Fm tired of setting the table. Ask someone else to do it.
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set the table

Also, lay the table. Arrange a cloth, plates, glasses, silverware and the like for a meal, as in Please set the table for eight tonight. [Late 1300s]
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On their return Sing was setting the table on the verandah for the evening meal.
They moved quietly about, setting the table for us, making the beds, and bringing water to wash in, and paid no heed when we said it was wrong for them to do that when we had men whose business it was to perform such offices.
TABLETOP CONSUMERS ENJOY SETTING THE table, but they do so casually and often use paper plates when entertaining, according to a recent report by market researcher The NPD Group.
Setting the Table for Julia Child: Gourmet Dining in America, 1934-1961 considers the gourmet food movement that swept the nation before Julia Child influenced many a home cook.
I love to spend a couple of hours making a delicious meal, setting the table, lighting the house, putting candles outside on the patio.
I think definitely that Reggie and Figgy bring a (run-producing) dimension as long as they are setting the table the way they are.
Other than entertaining and holiday events, your customers probably aren't setting the table every day to dine.
the Pros at Pinehurst--a PGA-sanctioned golf competition hosted by title sponsor BASF Turf & Ornamental and presenting sponsor Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)--a word from one of the participants can do a superb job of setting the table for analyzing this event.
While setting the table with candles and a paper turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, Mrs.
Last year brought 50 Ways to Set the Table, a relatively straight exploration, from within the gaudy halls of the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, of the world of "tablescaping"--a higher-end version of what is more widely known as setting the table.
NEW YORK-Bridal designers Amsale, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera and Reem Arca took their turn at setting the table at New York specialty store Michael C.
While setting the table in the dining hall, Rashid confused the placement of the silverware - spoons, knives, forks, and napkins would all sit in one pile where the plate belonged.
As for the courses served-geneticists are already setting the table.
Passing through the foyer, you come to the kitchen, where staff and several residents are engaged in setting the table for lunch.
According to the ADA/ConAgra Foods survey, kids also play a big role in helping prepare for holiday meals - from setting the table (50 percent) and cleaning up (38 percent) to baking (30 percent) and preparing pre-dinner appetizers and snacks (25 percent).