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deliver the message to Garcia

To show initiative in undertaking important or requisite tasks in the face of difficulties and/or without requiring specific instructions on how to do so. It refers to the essay "Message to Garcia," published in 1899 by Elbert Hubbard, in which a lieutenant named Andrew Rowan undertakes establishing communication with Cuban rebel leader Calixto García to create an alliance in case of war with Spain. One should always aspire to be the type of employee who will deliver the message to Garcia, for it says more about you than merely doing what you're told.
See also: deliver, Garcia, message

deliver (someone or oneself) of (something)

1. To rescue or free someone from a difficulty or burden. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "deliver" and "of." Ugh, nothing will deliver us of all the extra work we've inherited since Jane retired. The act of confession finally delivered me of my guilt.
2. To say something. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "deliver" and "of." I can't believe he delivered himself of such inappropriate language in front of children!
See also: deliver, of

deliver (someone or something) to (someone or something)

To transfer to give someone or something to someone or something else. In his will, my grandfather delivered the deed of his house to me, so I guess I'm a homeowner now.
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deliver (someone) from (someone or something)

To rescue someone from someone or something. Ugh, nothing will deliver us from all the extra work we've inherited since Jane retired.
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deliver (something) up to (someone)

To give or yield something to someone. I already delivered the budget report up to the finance department, so I can't add these receipts to it now.
See also: deliver, up

deliver the goods

To do what is expected of one. He's the best graphic designer we have, so I'm confident that he can deliver the goods for this ad campaign.
See also: deliver, good

signed and sealed

Officially approved or verified; successfully executed or completed. Once the contract is signed and sealed, we'll send an engineer to the house to set up the new satellite dish. The deal between the two companies has been signed and sealed.
See also: and, seal, signed

deliver someone from someone or something

to save or rescue someone from someone or something. The hero delivered the children from a fiery death. Thank you for delivering me from a very boring meeting by calling me to the telephone.
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deliver someone of something

to free someone from some burden or problem; to liberate someone from some confinement. He was looking for someone to deliver him of his burdensome responsibility. He was delivered of his burden.
See also: deliver, of

deliver someone or something to someone or something

to transfer someone or something to someone or something; to yield over someone or something to someone or something. When will you deliver the deed to me? I will deliver the deed to you when I have your check.
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deliver something up to someone

to render or yield something to someone. Will you please deliver the documents up to Jane? Will you please deliver up the documents to Jane?
See also: deliver, up

signed, sealed, and delivered

Fig. formally and officially signed; [for a formal document to be] executed. Here is the deed to the propertysigned, sealed, and delivered. I can't begin work on this project until I have the contract signed, sealed, and delivered.
See also: and, deliver

stand and deliver

to give up something to someone who demands it. (Originally used by highway robbers asking for passengers' valuables.) And when the tax agent says "Stand and deliver" you have to be prepared to pay what is demanded. The robber stopped the coach and demanded of Lady Ellen, "Stand and deliver!"
See also: and, deliver, stand

*under pressure

 
1. and *under a deadline; *under the gun (about something) Fig. facing or enduring something such as pressure or a deadline. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I have to get back to work. I am under a deadline. I am under a lot of pressure lately. The management is under the gun for the mistakes made last year.
2. [of a gas or liquid] being forced, squeezed, or compressed. (*Typically: be ~; deliver something ~; put something ~.) The gas in the pipes leading to the oven are under pressure.
See also: pressure

deliver the goods

Do what is required, come up to expectations. For example, Kate delivered the goods and got us the five votes we needed. This phrase alludes to delivering an order of groceries or other items. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
See also: deliver, good

signed, sealed, and delivered

Completed satisfactorily, as in The house is sold-signed, sealed, and delivered. This idiom refers to a legal deed, which to be valid had to be signed by the seller, sealed with a wax seal, and delivered to the new owner. It began to be used more loosely in the first half of the 1900s.
See also: and, deliver

deliver the goods

COMMON If someone or something delivers the goods, they achieve what other people expect or need them to do. Is the leadership in a position to deliver the goods in two years? If he fails to deliver the goods, they could well be looking for a new prime minister by next summer. Note: Verbs such as come up with and produce are also used instead of deliver. The most difficult thing about being a comedian is having to come up with the goods, time and time again. Once more, with this stunning production, the Royal National Theatre has produced the goods.
See also: deliver, good

signed and sealed

or

signed, sealed, and delivered

COMMON If an agreement is signed and sealed or signed, sealed, and delivered, it is official and cannot be changed. Although a peace agreement has been signed and sealed, many villagers say they're afraid to return to their homes. A government spokesman said the bill must be signed, sealed and delivered by tomorrow. Note: In the past, documents were `sealed' with wax into which a special mark or design was pressed using a device called a seal. The mark or design in the wax proved that the document was authentic and had not been opened.
See also: and, seal, signed

signed, sealed, and delivered (or signed and sealed)

formally and officially agreed and in effect.
See also: and, deliver

come up with/deliver/produce the ˈgoods

(informal) do what you are expected or have promised to do: You can depend on him to come up with the goods. If he says he’ll do something, he always does it.
See also: come, deliver, good, produce, up

under ˈpressure


1 if a liquid or a gas is kept under pressure, it is forced into a container so that when the container is opened, the liquid or gas escapes quickly
2 being forced to do something: The director is under increasing pressure to resign.
3 made to feel anxious about something you have to do: The team performs well under pressure.
See also: pressure

ˌsigned, ˌsealed and deˈlivered

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ˌsigned and ˈsealed

definite, because all the legal documents have been signed: At the conference they hope to have a treaty signed, sealed and delivered by Tuesday.
See also: and, deliver, seal

deliver on

v.
To do something one has promised or is expected to do: The contractor delivered on his promises to get the work done by Friday. Our office manager delivers on everything she says she will do.
See also: deliver, on

deliver (oneself) of

To pronounce; utter: Before leaving I delivered myself of a few choice comments.
See also: deliver, of
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