hand something to somebody on a plate

hand something to somebody on a ˈplate

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hand somebody something on a ˈplate

(informal) give something to somebody without the person concerned having to make any effort to get it: She was handed the job on a plate. Somebody just telephoned her one afternoon and asked her if she’d like to work for the BBC.A contract’s not just going to be handed to you on a plate, you know. You have to earn it.