step up to the plate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

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.