L-plate

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A British, Irish, Indian, Malaysian or Singaporean L-plate

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L-plate (plural L-plates)

  1. A plastic square consisting of a large letter L, placed on the front and rear of a vehicle to indicate that the driver is a learner.
  2. (by extension, informal) The condition of being a novice or learner.
    • 2005, Kathy Lette, A Stitch in Time (page 17)
      He was also a poet on 'L' plates having published one very slim (to the point of anorexic) collection of verse.

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