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*on a silver platter

Fig. using a presentation [of something] that is appropriate for a very formal setting. (*Typically: give something to someone ~; present something ~; serve something ~; want something ~.) Aren't paper plates good enough for you? You want dinner maybe on a silver platter?
See also: on, platter, silver

on a silver platter

without work or effort The Internet provides huge quantities of information on a silver platter, but you don't know if it's accurate or true.
See also: on, platter, silver

somebody's head on a plate/platter

if you want someone's head on a plate you are very angry with them and want them to be punished The director was furious at what had happened and wanted Watt's head on a platter.
See also: head, on, plate

give/hand something to somebody on a (silver) platter

to let someone get something very easily, without having to work for it If you sell your share in the company now, you're handing the ownership to him on a silver platter.
See also: give, on, platter

hand to on a silver platter

Also, serve up on a plate. Provide with something valuable for nothing, or give an unearned reward to; also, make it easy for. For example, She did no work at all, expecting to have everything handed to her on a silver platter, or Just ask them-they'll serve up the data on a plate. Both terms allude to being elaborately served at the table. [Early 1900s] Also see born with a silver spoon.
See also: hand, on, platter, silver



1. and plate n. home base or home plate in baseball. (Usually with the.) The batter stepped up to the platter.
2. n. a phonograph record. (Old but still heard.) They call it a “platter” because it looks like a serving platter.

on a platter

Without exertion; effortlessly: always got what they wanted on a platter.
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The new 10-song LP recorded on the You Dig It label consists of timeless, chart-topping hits that propelled the original Platters to become the first African American vocal group to crash through the racial divide that existed in the '60s and reach international stardom.
With the upcoming holiday season brings a new array of Ingallina's Party Platters and Gift Baskets.
Sizzler USA has reintroduced three, value-oriented signature shrimp combo platters with new taste twists as its special Lent and post-Lent limited time deal.
Freshly made SUBWAY(r) Platters are perfect for your family get-togethers, company meetings or when the team is working late.
The Curved Wavy Platters and Riser add dimension and visual appeal to case sets, say officials for the Twinsburg, Ohio-based firm.
Iceland is bringing back its range of frozen sandwich platters this Christmas due to popular demand.
Following the successful launch of Food Partner's URBAN eat brand last year the range has been extended to include a new selection of hospitality platters to suit every taste and budget.
Alongside those meanings that attach themselves to the material of which platters are made, to those techniques employed in their making and to the decoration that has been applied to their surfaces, we can distinguish among three distinct kinds of meaning that are potentially activated in the meeting with all kinds of platters, including those created by Lone Skov Madsen.
We have salad platters, sandwiches, fried platters that come with cole slaw and French fries," Mr.
If you do everything ahead, arrange items beautifully on platters and put them out before the guests arrive, the only thing you have to worry about is replenishing trays -- so you can enjoy the party.
Waitrose reports an 81 per cent increase in demand for its pounds 16 fruit platters of melon, pineapple, grapes, kiwi and strawberries.
For example, suppose the scientists working on disk drive design said today that they had reached the physical capacity limits of hard disks, at 300GB for a 3-inch drive with 4 platters.
O'Briens' five-star sandwich platters cost pounds 3.
Food comes as platters, with a number of different themed platters available, such as the Mediterranean platter, the Deep South platter and the Oriental platter.
The nextt to arrive are The Platters, a closeharmony group who had their first hit in 1955 with Only You.