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(one's) head on a plate/platter

A phrase used hyperbolically to refer to a very harsh punishment. If I find out that Paul was the one who sabotaged my presentation to the board, I'll have his head on a plate! Identify the vandals, and bring me their heads on a platter!
See also: head, on, plate, platter

give (something) to (one) on a (silver) platter

To give or relinquish something to one very easily, without them 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 platter. If we can get the government to subsidize our project, we'll have our yearly earnings given to us on a silver platter.
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on a silver platter

Delivered or given to one, without having put forth much or any effort. Of course the CEO's daughter got the job without having to interview—she gets everything on a silver platter.
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on a platter

Easily and without any or much fuss, work, or effort. I was lucky enough to fall into a cushy managerial role, without much direct supervision or constraints—it's a great life that's just been handed to me on a platter. You've been given every opportunity in life on a silver platter, but still you whine and complain when things don't go exactly the way you want.
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*on a silver platter

Fig. using a presentation [of something] that is appropriate for a very formal setting. (*Typically: give something to someone ~; present something ~; serve something ~; want something ~.) Aren't paper plates good enough for you? You want dinner maybe on a silver platter?
See also: on, platter, silver

hand to on a silver platter

Also, serve up on a plate. Provide with something valuable for nothing, or give an unearned reward to; also, make it easy for. For example, She did no work at all, expecting to have everything handed to her on a silver platter, or Just ask them-they'll serve up the data on a plate. Both terms allude to being elaborately served at the table. [Early 1900s] Also see born with a silver spoon.
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on a silver platter


on a platter

If you are given something on a silver platter or on a platter, you are given it without having to work or make an effort to get it. You expect me to hand you everything on a silver platter, and when you don't get it, you stamp your little foot and cry. The Opposition has been handed this issue on a platter. Note: A platter is a large plate or shallow dish used for serving food.
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on a silver platter (or salver)

without having been asked or sought for; without requiring any effort or return from the recipient.
The image here is of a butler or waiter presenting something on a silver tray.
See also: on, platter, silver

(hand something to somebody) on a silver ˈplatter

give something to somebody without expecting them to do or give anything in return: I don’t like her at all — she expects to be handed everything on a silver platter as if she’s better than other people.
A platter is a large plate that is used for serving food.
See also: on, platter, silver


1. and plate n. home base or home plate in baseball. (Usually with the.) The batter stepped up to the platter.
2. n. a phonograph record. (Old but still heard.) They call it a “platter” because it looks like a serving platter.

on a platter

Without exertion; effortlessly: always got what they wanted on a platter.
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In an article published in 1993, Charles Platter threw down the gauntlet: "I think Bakhtin seriously underrates the complexity of Aristophanes" (209-10).
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