One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who works behind a counter serving customers, especially in a store or casual restaurant.‘you tell one of several countermen your order, then he makes the sundae’
- ‘"Two slices," I said to the counterman, pointing to what looked like normal pizza.’
- ‘Decked out in the clean white butcher's apron synonymous with self-respecting deli countermen everywhere, he offered up a cupful of his homemade potato salad.’
- ‘The counterman replies, "Well, I'm a working man..."’
- ‘Everyone stared as the counterman gulped and began assembling my creation.’
- ‘Looking around the nearly empty store, the countermen quietly chatting with each other in Polish, it was hard to imagine the place packed with customers.’
- ‘"No extra bread tonight," I hear another counterman tell a customer.’
- ‘The world knew me only as a counterman in an all-night Coney Island cafeteria.’
- ‘Most of the countermen and chefs were let go; a few were offered jobs in the new store at a substantial pay cut.’
- ‘The streets were a black shade of dark this time of night, thought the counterman.’
- ‘As I waited at the counter for my takeout order, the numerous countermen were busy filling orders for the restaurant patrons.’
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