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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.
See also: table, wait
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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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Goes on errands fast asleep, and snores as he waits at table.'