wait tables


: to serve food or drinks as a waiter or waitress
She has a job waiting tables.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With the economy reopened, businesses are now struggling to find workers to wait tables, manage offices and do other jobs that are essential for small and medium-size businesses. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Mar. 2023 The grandmother Rosa handles the cash, the father Ambroise cooks, the twins Vadim and Antigone wait tables. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 20 Mar. 2023 Trump’s West Palm Beach golf club, meanwhile, was looking for five temporary foreign workers to wait tables. Zach Everson, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 The labor market for young people to scoop ice cream, wait tables, and watch over a pool from a lifeguard chair is, like so many things, out of whack in the wake of the pandemic. Annie Probert, BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2022 Sam makes pizzas and washes dishes, Bates says, while Lily serves as a hostess and helps wait tables. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 17 Nov. 2021 And why are businesses struggling to find employees to wait tables, take orders and drive buses? Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 8 Sep. 2021 Its restaurant manager has similarly stepped in to wait tables at Tope, the only restaurant at the Old Town hotel currently open. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 11 Apr. 2021 Kelyn Yanez used to clean homes during the day and wait tables at night in the Houston area before the coronavirus. Regina Garcia Cano And Michael Casey, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Aug. 2020 See More

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“Wait tables.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wait%20tables. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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