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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 coffee-urn steamed on the lunch counter, and sandwiches sat inside their glass domes and looked darkly on the world.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • However, I can do you better than a lunch counter, so come on.

  • Fortunately he had bought at a lunch counter a ham sandwich to stay his appetite during the night trip.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • On top of the counter is a huge bowl of scarlet roses, and two immense palms behind the lunch counter make a pleasing background.

    Suppers Paul Pierce
  • Though broke, I borrowed ten dollars from the owner of a lunch counter where I ate.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • He found his way out over the tracks and into the station, where he entered the colored waiting room and lunch counter.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • You can work the Royalty racket in Calcutta cheaper than you can hang over a lunch counter and eat baked beans in America.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
  • Taking his seat on one of the high stools at the lunch counter, he ordered some supper.

  • The delightful aroma of food drew them to a lunch counter, and from there they went to the main floor.

    The Clock Strikes Thirteen Mildred A. Wirt

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