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on deck

1. Literally, on the deck of a seafaring vessel. The crates on deck came loose in the storm and went flying overboard.
2. Ready or available (to do something). We have a team of helpers on deck to make sure everyone here has a fantastic experience. Who do we have on deck to deal with the power outage?
3. In baseball, next up to bat. Primarily heard in US. With their record-breaking batter on deck, the team is hoping to take the lead.
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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

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

ready for action or work. North American
This expression refers to a ship's main deck as the place where the crew musters to receive orders for action.
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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.