on the slate

on the slate

1. Still to come; scheduled to occur. This victory should give a much-needed boost to the team's morale, as they have three more hugely important and difficult games on the slate. With two shows already on the slate to debut this fall, the tech company's first foray into television programming is off to a good start.
2. old-fashioned On credit (as opposed to being paid for upfront). A slate was formerly a stone tablet on which a customer's bill was kept tallied, to be wiped clean once the debt was paid off. Primarily heard in UK. Go around to Tom Buchanan's shop and get these fixings for supper. Tell him to just put it on the slate.
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on the slate

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you buy something on the slate, you have it now but promise to pay for it later. Note: In the past, people used pieces of a dark grey stone called `slate' for writing on, for example in schools, shops, and pubs. Shopkeepers and pub owners would write customers' debts on their slates, and wipe them clean when the debts were paid. If a man was unemployed at the time, some kindly shopkeepers would put it `on the slate' until the next payment came.
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on the (or your) slate

to be paid for later; on credit. British
Shops and bars formerly kept a record of what a customer owed by chalking it on a tablet made of slate.
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(put something) on the ˈslate

(informal) (put something) on your account in a shop, a bar, etc. to be paid for later: Can I put this on the slate?
A slate is a thin sheet of a type of dark grey stone that was used in the past to write on.
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References in classic literature ?
Biddy looked thoughtfully at it, heard my explanation, looked thoughtfully at my sister, looked thoughtfully at Joe (who was always represented on the slate by his initial letter), and ran into the forge, followed by Joe and me.
She did it so quickly that the poor little juror (it was Bill, the Lizard) could not make out at all what had become of it; so, after hunting all about for it, he was obliged to write with one finger for the rest of the day; and this was of very little use, as it left no mark on the slate.
Hester Dethridge wrote slowly on the slate, in singularly firm upright characters for a woman in her position of life, these words: