step up to the plate

Definition of step up to the plate

baseball
:to move into position next to home plate in order to bat often used figuratively in U.S. English
  • He finally stepped up to the plate and asked her to marry him.
  • If you want this promotion, you're going to have to step up to the plate and improve your work performance.

Word by Word Definitions

step play
  1. : a rest for the foot in ascending or descending: such as

  2. : one of a series of structures consisting of a riser and a tread

  3. : a ladder rung

  1. : to move by raising the foot and bringing it down elsewhere or by moving each foot in succession

  2. : dance

  3. : to go on foot : walk

  1. : related by virtue of a remarriage (as of a parent) and not by blood

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

plate play
  1. : a smooth flat thin piece of material

  2. : forged, rolled, or cast metal in sheets usually thicker than ¹/₄ inch (6 millimeters)

  3. : a very thin layer of metal deposited on a surface of base metal by plating

  1. : to cover or equip with plate: such as

  2. : to provide with armor plate

  3. : to cover with an adherent layer mechanically, chemically, or electrically


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