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Clean plate ranger

Posted by R. Berg on November 02, 2007

In Reply to: Clean plate ranger posted by Bill Finger on October 31, 2007

: Does anyone know the origin of the phrase, "clean plate ranger"? We used it in my family for as long as I can remember to describe someone who is diligent at the dinner table. I always thought it was peculiar to us, but apparently it has wider usage.

I haven't heard the "ranger" phrase before. The "Clean Plate Club," membership in which children are urged to earn, may be more common. ~rb