have a lot on one's plate

Also, have too much on one's plate. Have a great deal (or too much) to cope with, as in What with the new baby and the new house, they have a lot on their plate, or I can't take that on now; I've got too much on my plate already. This expression transfers a loaded or overloaded dinner plate to other activities. [First half of 1900s]


Nearby words

  1. have a hard time,
  2. have a head for,
  3. have a heart,
  4. have a hold over,
  5. have a lot going for,
  6. have a mind to,
  7. have a nerve,
  8. have a nice day,
  9. have a penchant for,
  10. have a right to

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