Dish out food, as in Next they served up some oysters. [First half of 1400s]
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How to use serve up in a sentence
Rep. Joni Ernst—The GOP Senate nominee in the battleground state of Iowa has the potential to serve up a prime cut of crazy.
Marlow Stern and Kevin Fallon serve up their best guesses of who will be nominated…and a little bit about who should.2014 Oscar Predictions: Who Will and Who Should Be Nominated | Marlow Stern, Kevin Fallon | January 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It's this designation that—per the event's title—would seem to serve up some conflict, not least of the existential variety.
Recipe The authors of the The Illustrated Kitchen Bible serve up an Asian-inspired dish that can be enjoyed around the world.
Wait until you serve up these fudge brownie treats, baked in ice-cream cones, and covered in chocolate coating and sprinkles.
When well mixed put it on ice, and when ready to serve up whip a gill of cream, which lightly mix with it.Dressed Game and Poultry la Mode | Harriet A. de Salis
You may add, if you choose, six table-spoonfuls of boiled rice, which you must afterwards serve up under the fowl and ham.
Pour this gravy into the dish in which you serve up the quails, and lay the bacon round it.
When thoroughly done, take off the paper, and serve up the salmon with melted butter and capers.
Presently the Bird came in and wanted to serve up the dinner, but he could nowhere see the cook.Stories to Read or Tell from Fairy Tales and Folklore | Laure Claire Foucher