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collection plate

plate1 (def 7).
Origin of collection plate
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The only thing they will miss will be the privilege of putting their money in the collection plate.

  • A handful of gold was afterwards found in the collection plate, which was rather unusual.

    The Great Acceptance Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • And they go from that home, with their new cane, looking as pious as though they were passing the collection plate.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
  • He went into the church, and there he saw last Sunday's collection plate, full of gold coins.

    The Talking Thrush William Crooke
  • And Maggie in her childlike simplicity lifted her crutches, and tried rather awkwardly to put them on the collection plate.

    Quiet Talks on Service

    S. D. Gordon
  • Sergeant: It is the nest-egg half-crown we hand round in the collection plate every Sunday morning.

    Seven Short Plays Lady Gregory
  • It isn't always the front seats that are occupied by His humblest children, when the collection plate gets busy.

    Oklahoma Sunshine

    Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller
  • Good intentions never make the dollars ring in the collection plate.

    Oklahoma Sunshine

    Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller
  • Why, say, old man Austin that passes the collection plate would have me pinched if he saw me drop that in it.

    Green Valley

    Katharine Reynolds
  • He was the man who introduced the kirk into Scotland, but failed to launch the collection plate.

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