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on deck

 
1. Lit. on the deck of a boat or a ship. Everyone except the cook was on deck when the storm hit. Just pull up the anchor and leave it on deck.
2. Fig. ready (to do something); ready to be next (at something). Ann, get on deck. You're next. Who's on deck now?
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on deck

ready or available The TV audience expects something good on deck after the news.
Etymology: based on the idea of being on the deck (flat surface) of a ship, ready for whatever must be done
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on deck

 
1. (American & Australian) if someone is on deck, they are present and ready to do something Bill's batting next - tell him to get on deck. Ann, if you can be on deck at 9.00 I'll give you a lift to the meeting.
2. (Australian informal) alive Don't tell me old Bill's still on deck. I thought he died years ago.
See stack the deck, hit the deck
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on deck

1. Available, ready for action, as in We had ten kids on deck to clean up after the dance. [Slang; second half of 1800s]
2. In baseball, scheduled to bat next, waiting near home plate to bat, as in Joe was on deck next. [1860s] Both usages allude to crew members being on the deck of a ship, in readiness to perform their duties.
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on deck

1. On hand; present.
2. Sports Waiting to take one's turn, especially as a batter in baseball.
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References in classic literature ?
We hoisted the Union Jack and remained on deck, asking Bradley to go below and assign to each member of the crew his duty, placing one Englishman with a pistol beside each German.
Bradley had come on deck and was standing beside me.
Indeed, if ever a sail was hauled up by sheer spiritual strength it must have been that sail, for, properly speaking, there was not muscle enough for the task in the whole ship let alone the miserable lot of us on deck.
As soon as we got on deck, we saw the man in the water, astern.
The poor wretch was blue with terror and exposure in the water; he fainted when we lifted him on deck.
Come on deck, Natalie, and get some fresh air," said Miss Lavinia, leading the way to the cabin door.
Powell after a shout for the watch on deck to "lay aft," ran to the ship's side and struck the blue light on the rail.
On deck the captain's voice was heard sudden and unexpectedly sardonic: "You had better look sharp, if you want to be in time.
The fourth day out, I think (we were then working down the east side of the Gulf of Siam, tack for tack, in light winds and smooth water)--the fourth day, I say, of this miserable juggling with the unavoidable, as we sat at our evening meal, that man, whose slightest movement I dreaded, after putting down the dishes ran up on deck busily.
I had detected him using that gesture while talking on deck with a confidential air to the carpenter.
At midnight I went on deck, and to my mate's great surprise put the ship round on the other tack.
I know he popped into the mate's cabin to impart the fact to him be- cause the whiskers came on deck, as it were by chance, and stole glances at me from below--for signs of lunacy or drunkenness, I suppose.
I had called him up on deck to help me consider our extremely unpleasant situation.