Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

step up to the plate

step up to the plate
1) take action or responsibility when something needs to be done
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    • step up to the plate in times of crisis
  • Analysis
    The idiom 'step up to the plate', means to take action or responsibility or show leadership when something needs to be done or in an unpleasant situation. Similar in meaning to 'rise to the occasion'. This is an idiom you will hear in both social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Chris is a friend I know I can rely on. He's always the first to step up to the plate in times of crisis.
    2. I needed a volunteer for the demonstration but nobody stepped up to the plate.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Julie saved the project by stepping up to the plate and taking over as leader when Frank dropped out.
    2. Tom just hasn't been pulling his weight at work. It's about time he stepped up to the plate instead of allowing others to keep covering for him.
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