step up to the plate

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

An allusion to taking one's turn at bat in baseball.

VerbEdit

step up to the plate

  1. (chiefly US, idiomatic) To initiate action; to assume a responsibility.
    • 2008, Beth Stackpole, "The IT pro's vacation planner," Computerworld, 12 Jun. (retrieved 26 June 2008):
      Surround yourself with good people who can reliably step up to the plate and solve problems when they occur.
Last modified on 19 June 2013, at 21:00