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see restaurantrestaurant,
a commerical establishment where meals can be bought and eaten. In the 16th cent. English inns and taverns began to serve one meal a day at a fixed time and price, at a common table, and usually distinguished by a special dish.
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What does it mean when you dream about a cafeteria?

Food in varieties and in abundance such as in a cafeteria or an “all one can eat” environment may suggest ideas that need to be digested. The statement “food for thought” may be a meaningful way of understanding this dream. Too much may mean one is fed up with a condition or relationship. If fear surrounds the selection of food, the dream may be indicating the basic fight or flight response to something threatening to eat you, or that a lot has been “eating at” the dreamer lately.

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Chinese reports say that students who discovered the corpse of the whale called local police, after which the manager of the cafeteria immediately disappeared, taking the whale with him, before authorities arrived.
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The flexibility of a cafeteria benefit package helps meet varied employee needs.
The proposed regulations make enough changes that most cafeteria sponsors will have to change plan documents, Relland predicts.
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