Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(give/hand) (sth) to (sb) on (silver) platter

give something to somebody on a platterhand something to somebody on a plattergive something to somebody on a silver platterhand something to somebody on a silver platter
Meaning(s)
1) get something easily and without earning it
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    • he/she didn't earn that, it was handed to him/her on a silver platter
  • Analysis

    The idiomatic phrase to be 'handed something up on a silver platter' means that something was provided easily or without exchanging anything. If something is 'given to you on a silver platter 'the implication is that you did not have to work hard in order to receive or achieve it. 

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Isabella is a very spoilt and lazy person. The trouble is that throughout her life she's been given everything on a silver platter, so she has no concept of work ethic.
    2. My father worked hard and passed the business on to me, it was given to me on a silver platter.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Peter didn't have to work hard to get that job - his dad just pulled some strings. It was basically handed to him on a silver platter.
    2. You are by far the most qualified and deserving person for the vacant managerial position. If you don't take it, you will just hand it to someone much less capable on a platter!
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