make (oneself or something) ready (for someone or something)

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make (oneself or something) ready (for someone or something)

To become or make something prepared for something or someone. I don't think I'll have enough time to make myself ready for the gala this evening! John, please make the spare rooms ready for Jane and the kids before they get here. Gentlemen, make ready for our immediate departure!
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make ˈready (for something)

(formal) prepare (for something): Everyone is very busy here making ready for the royal visit.
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make ready

To make preparations.
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References in classic literature ?
The orders were received with shouts of approval, and toasts all around were drunk again in nut-brown ale, ere the company dispersed to rest after making ready for the journey.
With the first light we were up and making ready for the fray.
On our little walk along the quays, he made himself the most interesting companion, telling me about the different ships that we passed by, their rig, tonnage, and nationality, explaining the work that was going forward--how one was discharging, another taking in cargo, and a third making ready for sea--and every now and then telling me some little anecdote of ships or seamen or repeating a nautical phrase till I had learned it perfectly.
Ultimately the voice stopped, and they all came back again, more or less out of breath, folding themselves in their shawls, and making ready for the streets.
Delivery, assembly, installation and making ready for the operation of medical equipment, medical equipment and technological equipment for these centers / branches / hospitals (emergency foster wards) and UMBALSM N.
The farmers work the newly ploughed fields Making ready for the autumn harvest And the golden yellow of hay bales Enrich the evening crimson sunset.
And yonder," Benjamin goes on, "is a Jewish woman making ready for her family's Passover.
Arsenal boss Rioch is making ready for a spending spree by clearing the Highbury decks.