Definition of pearl diving in US English:

pearl diving

noun

  • 1The action of diving for pearls.

  • 2Slang (originally and chiefly US). The action of washing dishes in a cafe or restaurant.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From pearl + diving.

Pronunciation

pearl diving

/ˈpəːl ˌdʌɪvɪŋ/