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    Cool on one's plate

    Would you be so kind as to say to me the meaning of "on one's plate"?

    FOund here: "It was looking inceasingly uncertain whether peoduction schedules would allow him to direct all the projects on his plate"

    May it mean "as he likes"; at easy; without urgencys?

    Thanks a lot. Bushwhacker

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    It means too much to deal with.

    For example,
    I have to take the kids to the futbol game, buy groceries, do my homework and make dinner. Then my friend calls and asks me to take her to the concert. I said, "I can't right now because I have too much on my plate."


    I am saying to her, I have too many things to do and I won't be able to help you.

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    I guees it means smth like your own responsibility,

    You need to step up to the plate and be a good parent.

    I'm not quite sure, but I think so.
    bianca

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    "On your plate" means on your schedule, or your "to do" list.

    "I can't drive the kids to soccer practice tomorrow, I already have too much on my plate!"

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    Default Re: on one's plate

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    I guees it means smth like your own responsibility,

    You need to step up to the plate and be a good parent.

    I'm not quite sure, but I think so.
    bianca
    Right idea, but wrong sort of 'plate' bianca. Having too much 'on your plate' is a reference to a dinner plate (being too full/overloaded, and not being able to eat it all - i.e., in the idiomatic sense, do it all).

    'Stepping up to the plate' is an image taken from baseball. The plate is something in the ground (exactly what, I'll leave to the cognoscenti). A batter steps up to the plate when it's his turn to bat.

    b

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