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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The example I often share is this: Many grew up with their parents telling them they should always clean their plate.
I am from the generation who were trained to clean their plate so I keep eating even when I am full.
Washington, Nov 22 (ANI): A study has suggested that telling your child to clean their plate may help produce a fussy eater, while tight control of what they eat could make children prone to overeating.
Research in which people were given different sized portions suggested that most were happy with what they were given, but felt compelled to clean their plate even if given a large amount.
We found that the more controlling the parents were about telling their child to clean their plate, the more likely the kids, especially the boys, were to request larger portions of sweetened cereal at daycare," says lead author Brian Wansink at the keynote address of the Carolinas HealthCare System Obesity 2009 Conference in Charlotte, NC.
Waiters who served the Devil's Dish sported gas masks and those taking part had 15 minutes to clean their plates.
Waiters who serve the Devil's Dish will sport gas masks and those taking part have 15 minutes to clean their plates.
I don't know what the time-scale is for this meal, but they have to eat four main courses and four desserts and judging from the way they clean their plates, they must have been starved for 48 hours beforehand.
Customers are also keen to clean their plates, said 23-year-old Mohamed Al-Qubati, a waiter in a local restaurant.
And nearly half of exasperated mums resort to bribery, such as offering toys and days out, to get children to clean their plates.
This study goes to show that parents shouldn't necessarily encourage their kids to clean their plates or, in this case, empty their cups and bottles.
Like the parents who make their kids clean their plates because people are starving in Africa, Stuart makes the connection between your leftovers and others' hunger: If we quit wasting food, we could grow less of it and stabilize supplies and prices where it's needed most.
But the message is turning out to be more than just an attempt to get children to clean their plates.
No one makes the kids clean their plates any more, so the only control on waste is choice.
But, despite knowing they had a second course to come, the two who had chosen the skins managed to clean their plates.