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busboy

or bus boy

[buhs-boi] /ˈbʌsˌbɔɪ/
noun
1.
a waiter's helper in a restaurant or other public dining room.
Origin of busboy
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; bus- short for omnibus waiter's helper (see omnibus) + boy
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n.

also bus-boy, 1913, from bus (v.) in the restaurant sense + boy.

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busboy

noun

A person who clears dirty dishes and tableware from restaurant tables: Talking very tough to a bus boy (1913+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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