step up to the plate
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An allusion to taking one's turn at bat in baseball.
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step up to the plate (third-person singular simple present steps up to the plate, present participle stepping up to the plate, simple past and past participle stepped up to the plate)
- (chiefly US, idiomatic) To initiate action; to assume or take a responsibility.
- 2008 June 12, Beth Stackpole, “The IT pro's vacation planner”, in Computerworld, retrieved 17 June 2020:
- Surround yourself with good people who can reliably step up to the plate and solve problems when they occur.
- 2021 January 27, Paul Clifton, “What is the future of the RDG?”, in RAIL, issue 923, page 44:
- "There is something in railway people that has encouraged them to step up to the plate," says Starr.
- “step up to the plate”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.