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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. 2016.
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  • This done, she went to the lunch-counter, climbed on a tall stool, and bought herself a cheap dinner.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • They had breakfast at the lunch-counter; then they went out and looked at the Capitol.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • A gray squirrel frisking by stopped at the lunch-counter and seized an 'Educator' cracker.

  • People gulped hastily, as at a lunch-counter when the train is waiting.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • The lunch-counter was deserted, and the deputies of the Centre themselves were not absorbed in their personal correspondence.

    Ten Tales Franois Coppe
  • The ease with which she assumed the role of a lunch-counter waitress astonished her.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • What's this they were telling me down at the lunch-counter just now—about somebody taking a pot-shot at you last night?

  • He seemed most intent on establishing a friendly footing with a lunch-counter attendant.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • "You better take him in a cup of hot coffee, Sinkers," suggested Andy to the lunch-counter boy.

    The Nerve of Foley Frank H. Spearman

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