set/lay the table
(= put knives, forks etc on a table before a meal )
• The table was set for fourteen.
clear the table
(= take plates etc off )
• Do you want me to clear the table?
sit at a table
• He was sitting at a corner table.
sit around a table
• We sat around the table and talked.
get up from/leave the table
• She stood up from her chair and left the table.
book/reserve a table
(= in a restaurant )
• I've booked a table for four at a local restaurant.
NOUN + table
• Will you clear the breakfast table?
• They were chatting around the kitchen table.
noun piece of furniture ADJ. big, high, huge, large, long | little, low, small | circular, rectangular, round, square | drop-leaf, fold-away, folding, trestle We arranged the party food on a trestle table in the garden. | baize-covered, glass-topped, white-clothed, white-napped | glass, plastic, wooden | polished, scrubbed | ramshackle, rickety, rough | empty We found an empty table at the back of the restaurant. | bare | corner, window We'll take the corner table near the bar, please. | dining (room), kitchen She often does her homework at the kitchen table. | breakfast, dinner, lunch We never discuss politics at the breakfast table. | conference, negotiating They spent hours around the negotiating table. | billiard, ping-pong, pool, snooker, table-tennis | makeshift We turned the box upside down and used it as a makeshift table. VERB + TABLE sit around/round, sit (down) at They were all five of them sitting round the kitchen table. | get up from, leave He left the table in a hurry. | lay, set Please lay the table for six. | clear You clear the table and I'll wash the dishes. | book, reserve We booked a table in our favourite restaurant for 8 p.m. TABLE + NOUN decorations | edge PREP. across the ~ She leaned across the table towards him. | around/round the ~ We gathered round the table to hear his news. | at the ~ to sit down at the table | on the ~ She put the vase on the table. | over the ~ They flirted over the dinner table. | under the ~ The potato rolled under the table. PHRASES the centre/middle of the table, the edge/end/head of the table My father always sits at the head of the table. | a round table discussion/meeting, round table talks All parties took part in the round table discussions on the peace process. list of facts/figures ADJ. statistical | league The league table shows the Danish team in first place with eight points. VERB + TABLE compile, draw (up) | see See Table XII for population figures. TABLE + VERB show sth PREP. in a/the ~ He showed the price fluctuations in a statistical table. United are second in the table. PHRASES the bottom/top of the table, mid-table The team will be lucky to finish the season mid-table.
Oxford Collocations Dictionary