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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Even those of us who like to clean our plates would eat less if we used a smaller plate.
My mum regularly told us that if we didn't clean our plates there'd be grave consequences - usually being sent to bed before The Muppet Show started.
When I was growing up in my house, wasting food was an abomination - we were all taught to clean our plates.
Seamus related these stories whenever he caught any of us wasting food, and though my seven brothers and sisters and I were provided with enough to feed an army, his haunting concern that the supply might suddenly end prompted Seamus to insist we clean our plates and thank God for every morsel.
Parents persuade us to clean our plates of food, they advise us to buy the toys we will play with and check we don't fritter away our money.