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family style

adverb, adjective
(of a meal) with the serving platters on the table so that all present can serve themselves.
Origin of family style
An Americanism dating back to 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Ben ordered a porterhouse steak, family style, consuming it in a moody rage like a man that has been ground-sluiced at every turn.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

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