Definition of step up to the plate in English:

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step up to the plate

North American Take action in response to an opportunity or crisis.
Example sentences
  • The federal authorities need to step up to the plate and face their responsibility.
  • It's everyone's responsibility to step up to the plate and strive to get what they want while giving others what they want in return.
  • However, the association also demanded that the government play a role in the consumer crisis, and openly chided it for not stepping up to the plate.
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