Caller: I met this beautiful woman.

Anchor: Ugh. Come on, Ed. If you start telling me you're in love again,I'm gonna remind you of that time we made you propose to that checkout girl at Thrifty's. Do you remember her reaction?

Caller: She was just a girl. This is a beautiful woman.

Anchor: And Pinocchio is a true story. You'll never get this tart to your dessert plate.

When I googled Pinocchio it shows me cartoon pictures.

Tart is informal word which is about a girl, so what does it means by "tart to your dessert plate" ?


A tart is also a dessert.

You'll never get this tart to your dessert plate.

This means that you will never enjoy this delicacy. To rephrase: you will never enjoy the intimate company of this woman.

Stating that Pinocchio is a true story is a way of stating that not everything you hear is truth.

  • And what has this to do with the context? May 15 '17 at 13:29
  • It means the person will never enjoy the intimate company of this woman.
    – Davo
    May 15 '17 at 14:14
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    @Clare it's a pun on the dual meaning of "tart". A tart is a kind of dessert, but it's also slang for a woman. To "get onto your dessert plate" means, metaphorically, to have a relationship with, or just to have sex with. A similar (slightly more crude) expression would be "you'll never get that bird to land on your branch", where "bird" is another slang term for a female, and "branch" should be self-explanatory.
    – Andrew
    May 16 '17 at 14:35

"get {x} to {a place}" = succeed in bringing or taking {x} to {the place}.

Can we get him to the train station on time?

With two broken arms, I could not get the spoon to my mouth.

Davo has explained the "tart" pun. But you should be aware that when applied to a girl or a woman, the word tart is pejorative and disrespectful, at least in American English. It is not simply "informal". A tart is a dessert, or a woman who is often, though not always, of a lower economic class than the speaker, and is of little importance to the speaker; a "tart" is easily discarded and disregarded.

The story of Pinocchio is a fantasy about a wooden puppet whose nose grows long whenever he tells a lie. He turns into a real flesh-and-blood boy.

  • FYI, this quote is from The Fisher King. Stating that Pinocchio is a true story, he is implying that one should not believe everything that one hears.
    – Davo
    May 15 '17 at 12:26
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    I agree that "tart" can be a slightly derogatory term for a sexually suggestive female, but nowadays there are so many worse terms used casually that "tart" seems old-fashioned and quaint. Also, at least in BrE, "get tarted up" means to put on makeup and a provocative outfit, and generally make yourself look sexually attractive, and is more fun and even empowering than derogatory.
    – Andrew
    May 16 '17 at 14:55
  • There's a big difference between calling a woman "a tart" and the phrase "get tarted up". But my point to the OP is that it isn't a synonym for other informal words, such as "chick", but a derogatory term. Where on the derogatory scale it falls is a matter of opinion —you may have to ask a woman you just called a "tart" to find out. May 16 '17 at 15:39

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