Definition of pearl-dive in English:

pearl-dive

Pronunciation /ˈpəːlˌdʌɪv/

verb

slang
  • 1US To wash dishes in a cafe or restaurant.

  • 2Surfing
    = "pearl".

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in John Dos Passos (1896–1970), writer. From pearl + dive, after pearl diver, pearl diving.