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Related to on deck: all hands 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?
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
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
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.
1. On hand; present.
2. Sports Waiting to take one's turn, especially as a batter in baseball.