step up to the plate

Definition of step up to the plate


  1. :  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

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

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

    :  a ladder rung

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

    :  dance

    :  to go on foot :  walk

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

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

    :  up into or in the

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

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

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

  1. :  a smooth flat thin piece of material

    :  forged, rolled, or cast metal in sheets usually thicker than 14 inch (6 millimeters)

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

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

    :  to provide with armor plate

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

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