step up to the plate


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step up to the plate

To take responsibility for something that needs to be done. (An allusion to baseball, in which the batter must step up next to the home base, also known as the plate, in order to try and hit the ball.) Someone will need to step up to the plate and lead this project now that Dylan has resigned. We're all counting on you to step up to the plate and get this done.
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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.
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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.
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step up to the plate

take action in response to an opportunity, crisis, or challenge; take responsibility for something. chiefly North American
The expression originated in the language of baseball, where ‘the plate’ (in full, the ‘home plate’) is a rubber slab at one corner of the diamond where the batter stands when batting (roughly equivalent to the crease in cricket).
2004 Boston Globe Directors…need to step up to the plate in order for investors to feel comfortable that they are properly represented as shareholders.
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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.
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Definitely one for kids struggling to learn a new skill, as long as whoever's reading it to them can step up to the plate.
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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.
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.