chow line


: a line of people waiting to be served food

Examples of chow line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At a chow line, volunteers served roast chicken with corn and potatoes. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 Working the chow line is a decades-old tradition during the holiday season for commanders in America’s military. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Nov. 2021 Inside the vintage cinderblock snack bar, there's a chow line for the food and vinyl records, VHS, DVDs and other memorabilia for sale. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 The Salvation Army set up a chow line on the first floor. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2021 To re-create an authentic fighting ship experience, we were expected to play the part and move quickly through the chow line, accepting whatever fare was slopped onto our trays. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chow line was in 1917

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“Chow line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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