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English definition of “give/hand sth to sb on a plate”

give/hand sth to sb on a plate

informal
to allow someone to get or win something very easily: They were handed the contract on a plate. Arsenal handed the game to them on a plate.Giving, providing and supplying
(Definition of give/hand sth to sb on a plate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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