step up to the plate


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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

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

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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When Tiger went missing for a few years it gave a lot of players a chance to step up to the plate and win the big ones.
It was important to surround them with actors who I really respect to really push Andre and Big Boi to step up to the plate and push themselves,'' Barber says.
Youth America Grand Prix is always cause for celebration, not only because so many young people step up to the plate (this year 132 schools from 13 countries participated), but also because the grown-ups put on a darn good show.
Interestingly, given the level of real estate trading still actively underway, there actually are a few buyers with the finesse and experience to conduct sophisticated and legal clean-ups who will step up to the plate and purchase a contaminated property under these extraordinary conditions.
The field renovation project, to begin this fall, is part of the inaugural Step Up to the Plate program - an initiative created to renovate neglected baseball fields in nine cities around the country this summer.
As part of the initiative, Claritin is challenging consumers to Step Up to the Plate for children around the country by logging on to www.
The Step Up to the Plate program has provided me with yet another opportunity to give something back to the community, which is something I encourage every ball player to do.
Puncheon is ready to step up to the plate for bottom-of-the-table Saints against Aston Villa today.
When we became aware that the only thing holding back Sammy Sosa's Foundation from its mission was the transportation, UPS felt compelled to step up to the plate," said Jim Kelly, chairman and CEO of UPS.