give (something) to (someone) on a plate

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give (something) to (someone) on a plate

To give or relinquish something to someone very easily, without him or her having to work very hard to get or achieve it. The team's defense has been atrocious today, giving a victory to their opponents on a plate. If we can get the government to subsidize our project, we'll have our yearly earnings given to us on a plate.
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