clean (one's) plate (up)

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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

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
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Molly Schuyler, who is a mother of four, beat renowned hot-dog eater Joey Chestnut in 2008, who had taken eight minutes and 52 seconds to clean his plate at the restaurant, Huffington Post reported.
With all the meat and sides to contend with, even the hungriest in our party couldn't clean his plate.
Perhaps we should have gone for a kids' meal, because the little one in our party managed to clean his plate without breaking into a sweat.