lunch counter


Definition of lunch counter 

1 : a long counter at which lunches are sold

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Some people being refused service at lunch counters. Fox News, "Trump and media clash over border," 25 June 2018 Stop by the casual lunch counter at Local Foods and snack on the B&L burger, made with juicy La Pryor beef, with a slice of MightyVine tomato, salty cheddar cheese and crisp greens. Chicago Tribune,, "Sandwiches, soups, salads and more: 20 ideas for what to eat for lunch," 17 May 2018 The 1960 lunch counter sit-in at which she was arrested was held in objection to the fact that Central City stores, while catering to a largely black clientele, refused to hire black employees. Mike Scott,, "She sat down, but this New Orleans woman wasn't about to shut up," 8 May 2018 Many commenters on Twitter said Thursday's incident was reminiscent of the Sixties' lunch counter sit-ins that challenged Jim Crow laws, which were prohibited with passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Starbucks just the latest accused of racial profiling at retail," 15 Apr. 2018 Seating is typically confined to booths or a long lunch counter., "The 15 best (remaining) diners throughout the Portland area," 20 Jan. 2018 Mex Perú Gipsy, a cozy lunch counter hidden among the hubbub of downtown’s Fashion District, is definitely in the latter camp. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Peruvian Restaurants in Los Angeles," 26 June 2018 Black college students who engaged in peaceful sit-ins at lunch counters that denied them service because of the color of their skin were criticized for behavior that, however passive, appeared provocative to defenders of the status quo. Peniel E. Joseph, Washington Post, "America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time," 4 July 2018 For Hart, who tears up on the idea of the closing of the lunch counter, that emotional element is also palpable. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sub Station closes after 33 years in New Berlin as crowded sub-sandwich market claims another victim," 5 June 2018

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1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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