wait tables

wait (on) tables

To serve food and drinks to patrons in a restaurant or similar establishment, as of a waiter or waitress. Until I got my first big TV role, I waited tables at a diner.
See also: table, wait

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) ˈtables

(American English) work serving food to people in a restaurant: I wait on tables at a restaurant near my apartment.She worked her way through college waiting tables.
See also: table, wait
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Kids whose good nature gets abused as they wait tables for next to nothing or work permanent early turns in a shop.
Classic dishes like forshmak and tzimmes can still be found on the menus of most upscale restaurants, even those where the young servers who wait tables have no idea about their Jewish provenance.
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.
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.
If the number is surprisingly low, I'd humbly suggest you wait tables.
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.
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.