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wait at table

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 at table at a crummy little diner for 60 hours a week. Waiting at table is a great job for someone fresh out of high school or college, but it's not something most people want to do for the rest of their lives.
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wait at table

Also, wait on table. Serve at a meal, as in She got a summer job at a resort waiting at table, or Waiting on table usually does not pay very well. [Mid-1500s] Also see wait on.
See also: table, wait
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The dinner, the dining room, the service, the waiting at table, the wine, and the food, were not simply in keeping with the general tone of modern luxury throughout all the house, but seemed even more sumptuous and modern.
Not only the guests but even the footmen waiting at table seemed to feel this, and they forgot their duties as they looked at the beautiful Helene with her radiant face and at the red, broad, and happy though uneasy face of Pierre.
The day was so different from other days to three people in the house that the common routine of household life--the maid waiting at table, Mrs.
But it had never occurred to him that he should live in any other than what he would have called an ordinary way, with green glasses for hock, and excellent waiting at table. In warming himself at French social theories he had brought away no smell of scorching.
If Jesus just wanted to present an object lesson about serving one another, preparing the meal or waiting at table surely would have sufficed.
Yes, when it comes to great service, it's the little things that count and, as Michel Roux, the Michelin-starred chef whose new series for BBC Two focuses on the art of waiting at table, knows only too well, poor service can ruin even the finest meal.
I just wonder & listen & watch & seem myself to be some handmaid waiting at table. Im going in & out of the various rooms or watching them all at meals--some of them in some of their moods I know--Leslie, Walter Headlam, & the Woolly one--others I don't.
So much more rewarding than waiting at table or pulling pints in a pub.
Previously I did not know a thing about waiting at table and etiquette.
"Students will be cooking, serving and waiting at table throughout ten evening slots."
"Not only are they working in the kitchens, but they will also be waiting at table and carrying out front of house duties."
Valerie said: "When we take them away, they help with all the cooking and the cleaning and waiting at tables.
And waiting at tables is, therefore, a seriously important job because if we get it wrong there'll be no customers and therefore no restaurants and all the tax we generate and collect will be lost and there'll be less Government money to keep in employment those other customer service people who don't need to be nice to the public.
The Michelin-starred chef knows only too well that poor service can ruin even the finest meal, and is on a mission to train eight young people in the delicate art of waiting at tables.
"One day, rich" was without doubt one of the Ethiopian girls dreaming that some day she would not have to stand for hours waiting at tables, to earn a wage that many of us could easily spend on a good night out.