desk

noun
1 type of table
ADJECTIVE
big, huge, large, massive
executive
small
leather-topped, metal, wooden
mahogany, oak, etc.
antique
empty

The empty desk suggested she had already gone home.

cluttered, messy, untidy (esp. BrE)
writing
computer
office, school
VERB + DESK
sit at
get up from, leave

He got up from his desk and went to the window.

clean, clean out, clear

My desk gets very cluttered if I don't clear it at the end of each day.

arrive on, cross, hit, land on

A very strange request landed on my desk this morning.

cover, litter

Papers littered the desk and the floor.

DESK + NOUN
drawer, top
calendar (esp. AmE), diary (BrE)
chair, lamp, phone
space

a computer which takes up less desk space

job
jockey (= someone who works at a desk) (AmE, informal)
PREPOSITION
at a/the desk

He was sitting at his desk working when we got home.

behind a/the desk

The manager sat frowning behind his desk throughout the whole interview.

on a/the desk

I left the file on your desk.

2 place in a building where a service is provided
ADJECTIVE
front, main, reception

Leave your valuables at the reception desk.

hotel
cash (BrE), check-in, help, information, reference, registration, security, service, support (esp. AmE), trading

She paid for the book at the cash desk.

Staff experiencing problems with their computers should call the help desk.

news
anchor (= where a television presenter sits) (AmE), copy (= where news text is edited) (AmE)
VERB + DESK
call

She called the front desk to let them know that he would be arriving.

man, run, work (AmE)

I worked the front desk as one of my first jobs.

DESK + NOUN
clerk (AmE), officer, staff
editor
duty

They put me on desk duty for a month.

PREPOSITION
at the … desk

There was a long wait at the check-in desk.

on the … desk

We asked the man on the information desk for a map of the city.


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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