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bring to the table

bring to the table

Date: Dec 19 2002


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“We sat down and had a talk about our TLC sound and what we wanted them to bring to the table.”


1. Definition - Study the definition.

contribute, share; suggest for discussion; suggest for consideration

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

People usually use “bring to the table” when they’re evaluating something. For example, when trying to make a decision between many things, it’s important to think about what each brings to the table. Also, if someone is trying to convince other people to make a decision, s/he is bringing an idea to the table.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“Barry Bonds is the best baseball player in the world. He just brings so much to the table. He has amazing ability.”

“I can’t decide if I should go out with Jeff or Mike. I really like them both. I’ve been analyzing both of them, and they’re both great guys. I have to work harder to figure out what each of them brings to the table.”

“Let’s talk about what we’re going to get mom for Christmas. What gift ideas can you bring to the table?”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

To discuss about, to see the results of something.
by Claudemir (Santa Cruz do Sul, Rio Gande do Sul, Brazil)
I guess “bring to the table” is to talk it in a clear, direct way.
by Jessie (China)
I guess bring to the table means to discuss something openly, to start doing something.
by May (Canton, China)
Bring to the table” stands for “details”. In the context, they mean that the members of the band sat down and talk about the details of album.
by Jenny (Shenyang, China)
Bring to the table means to discuss or to talk about something.
by Hendra (California, USA)
I think the bring to the table means discussing in public, talking together and get a solution!
by Hydi (Hubei province)
Bring to the table” means “express or deliver something to the audience”.
by PeggyMa (Hangzhou, China)

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