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fashion plate

1. An illustration advertising the newest or most current trends in style and fashion. She had a keener eye for designing attractive fashion plates than for fashion itself.
2. By extension, a person who wears the most stylish and fashionable clothing available. In this moneyed area of town, it's not uncommon to see fashion plates parading themselves along the main streets at any given moment.
See also: fashion, plate


1. Literally, to coat something (usually a base metal) in a thin layer of gold. I just don't understand why you would ever want—let alone need—to gold-plate your bathtub.
2. By extension, to incorporate unnecessary, superfluous, and/or overbearing refinements, additions, or embellishments into something. Congress took what should have been a straightforward clean water initiative and gold-plated it into a cumbersome, overreaching, and wildly impractical mess of a bill. Knowing that the city council would be footing the bill, the architect tried to gold-plate the design for the new courthouse.

hand (something) to (someone) on a plate

To give or relinquish something to someone very easily, without him or her having to work very hard to get or achieve it. The team's defense has been atrocious today, handing a victory to their opponents on a plate. If we can get the government to subsidize our project, we'll have our yearly earnings handed to us on a plate.
See also: hand, plate

have enough on (one's) plate

To be sufficiently busy or preoccupied with work, problems, or difficulties as to be unable or unwilling to cope with anything more. I really wish I could help you move this weekend, but I have enough on my plate as it is!
See also: enough, have, plate

a lot on (one's) plate

A lot to do. I just have a lot on my plate right now while I'm finishing up my degree and doing this huge project for work.
See also: lot, plate

clean (up) one's plate

to eat all the food on one's plate. You have to clean up your plate before you can leave the table. Mom said we can't watch TV tonight unless we clean our plates.
See also: clean, plate

full plate

Fig. a full schedule; a lot to do. I'm very busy at work, and I've got a full plate at home too.
See also: full, plate

have too much on one's plate

 and have a lot on one's plate
Fig. to be too busy. I'm sorry, I just have too much on my plate right now. If you have too much on your plate, can I help?
See also: have, much, plate

step up to the plate

1. Lit. [for a batter in baseball] to move near home plate in preparation for striking the ball when it is pitched. The batter stepped up to the plate and glared at the pitcher.
2. Fig. to move into a position where one is ready to do a task. It's time for Tom to step up to the plate and take on his share of work.
See also: plate, step, up

a full plate

a lot of work to do or problems to deal with Facing funding cuts and a lawsuit challenging the school's admissions policy, the university's new president has a full plate.
See also: full, plate

step up to the plate

to take responsibility for doing something It is time companies stepped up to the plate and made sure the meat they sell is safe to eat.
Related vocabulary: step in
Etymology: based on the baseball meaning of step up to the plate (move into position to hit the ball)
See also: plate, step, up

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, plate

give/hand something to somebody on a plate

to let someone get something very easily, without having to work for it You can't expect everything to be handed to you on a plate - you've got to make a bit of effort.
See also: give, plate

have a lot/enough on your plate

  also have your plate full
to have a lot of work to do or a lot of problems to deal with I don't want to burden my daughter with my problems; she's got enough on her plate with her husband in prison. Simon can't take on any more work. He's got his plate full as it is.
See also: have, lot, plate

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, platter, silver

have a lot on one's plate

Also, have too much on one's plate. Have a great deal (or too much) to cope with, as in What with the new baby and the new house, they have a lot on their plate, or I can't take that on now; I've got too much on my plate already. This expression transfers a loaded or overloaded dinner plate to other activities. [First half of 1900s]
See also: have, lot, plate



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.



step up to the plate

phr. to voluntarily assume responsibility for something. (From baseball, referring to a batter approaching home plate.) The company stepped up to the plate and paid for the time and effort I spent repairing the unit.
See also: plate, step, up
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Plater is an academic visionary, who is making access to high-quality, postsecondary education a top priority," said Charlotte Beason, Ed.
I was encouraged because the first couple [of allocations] I got back were from congregations above 10 per cent and they were going to try to maintain giving at that level," Plater said.
Limelight Extensions, founded by 23-year old Miranda Jade Plater, offers women of all backgrounds, from corporate powerhouses to college students, quality hair to reflect their personality and lifestyle.
Plater believes the site can offer a spot for lovers of pursuits such as skiing, climbing, skateboarding, surfing, cycling, camping and snowboarding to pick up the right equipment at the best price.
Plater, 75, has almost 300 assorted credits in radio, television, theatre and films to his name as well as six novels.
The two Superbike races look likely to be closely contested in the absence of the injured Plater, who has won five of the last seven races over the Triangle circuit.
Plater clawed some time back on the fourth lap but McGuinness moved into top gear on the fifth eventually taking the win from his team-mate with Guy Martin in third.
Plater - who only made his TT debut last year - completed the 37.
One hesitates to accuse a writer as prolific as Plater of laziness, but there is a feeling here that he is coasting, not making much attempt to explore beyond well-worked Second World War stereotypes or to aspire beyond a mild, smart-ass humour.
RUNAWAY Superbike championship leader Shane Byrne skidded out of race one in a ninth round which saw victories for Steve Plater and then Yukio Kagayama at Oulton Park yesterday.
One plater who had worked 30 hours got a cheque for about pounds 7.
HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE John Plater, 45, passed away July 28 due to complications caused by HIV and Hepatitis C.
The shopping list of skills we need is long: native or convincing Geordies who can sing, move, tour and play at least one musical instrument and preferably two, and who have the talent and wit to serve Alan Plater and Sid Chaplin's words.