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  1. Ksenia
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    Question Idioms.

    Hello!

    I'd like to ask if the following idioms have the same meaning and can be the synonyms:

    *hand something to someone on a silver platter
    and
    *serve up on a plate.

    I mean, I have such an expression: To give a reward to a person that has not been earned.
    Can I use both idioms to mean this expression?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Idioms.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksyu-k View Post
    Hello!

    I'd like to ask if the following idioms have the same meaning and can be the synonyms:

    *hand something to someone on a silver platter
    and
    *serve up on a plate.

    I mean, I have such an expression: To give a reward to a person that has not been earned.
    Can I use both idioms to mean this expression?

    Thanks a lot!
    As independent idioms, I haven't heard either.

    I have heard and used "It was handed to him on a plate" which does indeed mean that he didn't earn it, it was just given to him.

    I can't think of an idiom with "silver platter". "Silver spoon", yes.

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