I live in the Silicon Valley, which is about an hour’s drive from San Francisco, home of the 2010 and 2012 World SeriesBaseball champions, the San Francisco Giants. Their winning ability showed that they could step up to the plate to win both the National League Championship and the World Series.
What does it mean to step up to the plate?
First of all, “step up to the plate” is an allusion or reference to the game of baseball. The offensive player, “the batter” (击球手) comes to the home plate to hit the ball thrown to him by the defensive player known as the pitcher.
In day to day English, we use “step up to the plate” meaning that someone puts out some effort to do something or take responsibility to make certain something is accomplished. It means to take charge of some activity.
Examples of step up to the plate
“Ben, if you want to get into a good university, you need to step up to the plate, get good grades, do well on the SAT and ACT, and show that you are involved in your community.”
“While her father was in the hospital, Quentin had to step up to the plate and run the family business until his father recovered.”
OK, now it is time for you to step up to the plate and try out this idiom. Try thinking of an example and leave your work in the comment section. I’ll be very happy to provide you feedback on how you did.
Practicing idioms such as “step up to the plate” will make you stand out from others and you will sound more like a native speaker.
How do you say “step up to the plate” in Chinese?