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lunch counter

a counter, as in a store or restaurant, where light meals and snacks are served or are sold to be taken out.
a luncheonette.
Origin of lunch counter
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The lunch counter serves up such fare as hamburgers, po-boys and steak hoagies.
  • As the lunch hour approaches, the stools lining the well-worn linoleum lunch counter fill with regulars.
  • Patrons spend time between outdoor excursions with snacks at the first-floor lunch counter and trips to the hotel gift shop.
  • They sat down at the whites-only lunch counter and refused to get up.
  • She and her sister, she said, used to go there as children and eat at the lunch counter.
  • The lunch counter serves sandwiches, soups and salads.
  • The building housed a trading post and lunch counter but had no water or electricity.
  • They opened a lunch counter and small grocery store in the house they had moved to the site.
  • We can't even relate to not being able to sit in somebody's lunch counter.

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