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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
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • However, I can do you better than a lunch counter, so come on.

  • He stopped at the lunch counter as though desirous of purchasing food.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • “Pie,” he said, presenting his nose to the edge of the lunch counter.

    The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted

    Katharine Ellis Barrett
  • "There's a lunch counter in this station," said Grandpa Ford.

  • He turned then, his back toward Sothern, and went to the lunch counter.

    Wolf Breed

    Jackson Gregory
  • He frowned at Sefton's nod and took his place at the lunch counter.

    Wolf Breed

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

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • 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

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