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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

gold-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, on, 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, on, 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, on, plate

full plate

A schedule or workload that is filled to capacity with obligations, tasks, or problems. I'd love to help you but I have a full plate right now. The new president is certainly going to have a full plate when he gets into office.
See also: full, plate

on (one's) plate

A non-specific way to speak of all the tasks or responsibilities that one must address. I'm sorry I'm late, I just have so much on my plate right now. I'll handle the report—I know you've got a lot on your plate right now with the merger and all.
See also: on, plate

clean (one's) plate (up)

To eat all of the food that is on one's plate. He's usually a really picky eater, so I'm shocked that he cleaned his plate! You'll have to clean your plate up if you want dessert.
See also: clean, plate

(one's) head on a plate/platter

A phrase used as shorthand for a very harsh punishment. If I find out that Paul was the one who sabotaged my presentation to the board, I'll have his head on a plate!
See also: head, on, plate, platter

give (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, giving a victory to their opponents on a plate. If we can get the government to subsidize our project, we'll have our yearly earnings given to us on a plate.
See also: give, on, plate

have (one's) plate full

To have a schedule or workload that is filled to capacity with obligations, tasks, or problems. I'd love to help you but I have my plate full right now. The new president is certainly going to have his plate full when he gets into office.
See also: full, have, 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, on, 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

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

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, on, plate

platter

hand someone something on a plate

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If someone hands you something on a plate, you get it without having to make any effort. Even the presidency was handed to him on a plate. He had had everything, the whole world handed to him on a plate. Note: Other verbs such as offer and serve up can be used instead of hand. Why must our kids have everything served up on a plate?
See also: hand, on, plate, something

have enough on your plate

or

have a lot on your plate

COMMON If you have enough on your plate or have a lot on your plate, you have a lot of work to do or a lot of things to deal with. I'm sorry to bother you with it, Mark, but John's got enough on his plate. I have a lot on my plate over the next year with the Olympics coming up. Note: You can also say that someone has their plate full or has a full plate. I'm making no promises. My staff have their plate full at the present time.
See also: enough, have, on, plate

step up to the plate

mainly AMERICAN
If a person or organization steps up to the plate, they take responsibility for doing something, often something that is difficult. It is time for the council to step up to the plate and provide the necessary leadership. Perhaps Mr. Sutherland should step up to the plate and lead the negotiations. Note: In baseball, the plate is the home base where the batter stands.
See also: plate, step, up

keep all the plates spinning

If you keep all the plates spinning you deal successfully with several things at once. I like doing different things, keeping all the plates spinning at the same time. Note: This expression is used in many other structures connected with managing to do several things at once. He already has enough plates spinning — consultancies, newspaper columns, not to mention four restaurants — to keep him in London. When you have to keep as many plates spinning as she does, you know something is sometimes going to crash. Note: This expression comes from the idea of the circus act where a large number of plates are kept spinning on tall sticks.
See also: all, keep, plate, spinning

platter

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.

plate

verb

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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