wait tables

idiom

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

Examples of wait tables in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some Black lawyers had to wait tables to support themselves. Jeff Maysh, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Apr. 2024 Over the last 20 years, Samantha León has worked as a hostess, a cashier and has helped wait tables in Las Vegas. Juliana Jiménez J., NBC News, 2 Feb. 2024 The people who wait tables will still be waiting tables. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2023 In 2019, Reneé Rapp was one of them — a 19-year-old unknown from North Carolina ready to join the legions of aspiring performers willing to live in an overpriced closet or wait tables while chasing their big break. Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2023 Four volunteers from the institute would wait tables for forty-odd attendees—clients of the center, plus a few researchers and clinicians, who were eager to see patients away from the formality of a medical office. Peggy Orenstein, The New Yorker, 5 Sep. 2023 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

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“Wait tables.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wait%20tables. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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