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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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.
To reach the conclusion, researchers asked 63 mothers of preschool-age children the extent to which they tell their children to clean their plates at meals.
But the message is turning out to be more than just an attempt to get children to clean their plates. Recent research is suggesting that what you eat can influence the function of your brain.
(No one makes the kids clean their plates any more, so the only control on waste is choice.) Thus the three categories--food, atmosphere, and service--and the four possible stars: from yuck (*), blah (**), and kinda chill (***) up to mad flavor (***).
Registered dietitian and motivational specialist Jill Fleming presents Thin People Don't Clean Their Plates: Simple Lifestyle Choices For Permanent Weight Loss is not a get-thin-quick fix, or a fad diet, but rather a straightforward guideline to making permanent changes in one's lifestyle and one's body.
But, despite knowing they had a second course to come, the two who had chosen the skins managed to clean their plates.
A survey commissioned by the American Institute for Cancer Research found that two-thirds of Americans clean their plates during restaurant meals even though restaurant portions get bigger all the time.
In every way, parents should reinforce as best as possible the idea "eat if you're hungry, stop when you're full." Don't encourage kids to clean their plates or take "just one more bite." Don't offer extra treats for eating more ("Eat your broccoli, and you'll get a brownie!" is a terrible way to feed a child--it tricks children into eating more, devalues broccoli, and makes brownies extra special and desirable).
"Lots of baby boomers raised in the 1950s and '60s remember being ordered to clean their plates, whether they liked what was being served or not," says Pam Watson, a registered dietitian with Sodexho Marriott School Services.