take the floor

idiomatic phrase

: to rise (as in a meeting or a legislative assembly) to begin speaking to a group
With Lott and Gramm staring at him as he took the floor during debate, McCain called the bill "seriously skewed," but said he would vote for it.Newsweek
At precisely 6:45 a.m. the rowdiness ceases as Sailor, a union safety expert, takes the floor for his weekly lecture.Jack Friedman
: to go out onto a dance floor to begin dancing
Several couples took the floor.
… the younger people took the floor, and all the elders sneaked back to their chairs …Sinclair Lewis
: to go out onto a basketball court to begin playing
Phillips hopes the scouts notice his quickness, his vision, … the way he changes the flow of a game as soon as he takes the floor.John Gustafson

Examples of take the floor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All 30 teams will take the floor in Vegas with games starting July 7. Anthony Gharib, USA TODAY, 7 July 2023 When Biles takes the floor in suburban Chicago in a little more than six weeks, she'll be joined by fellow Americans Sunisa Lee, who won gold in the individual all-around in Tokyo, and Jade Carey, the floor exercise gold medalist two years ago. David K. Li, NBC News, 28 June 2023 Hart could take the floor against three former starting teammates in graduate student point guard Jahmir Young, fifth-year senior small forward Donta Scott and junior power forward Julian Reese. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 24 May 2023 For starters, Chet Holmgren will be taking the floor for the first time in the 2023-24 season. Nick Crain, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 This time, the whistleblower behind an unprecedented leak of documents will take the floor. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021 It’s been a while since Portland Trail Blazers fans saw CJ McCollum suit up and take the floor. oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2021 Porsha calms everyone down and lets Toya take the floor and explain herself. Chris Murphy, Vulture, 14 Mar. 2021 Milwaukee took a significant step and refused to take the floor for its first-round playoff game Aug. 26, calling for meaningful police reform. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 18 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of take the floor was in 1794

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“Take the floor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20the%20floor. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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