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be prepared

1. To remain in a state of preparedness for any unexpected or uncertain occasion that may arise. Popularized by the Boy Scouts of America, who use the phrase as their motto. It's a good thing I always carry a spare bicycle tube when I cycle to work. Like the Boy Scouts say, always be prepared!
2. To always carry a prophylactic (condom) or other means of preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, should an unexpected sexual encounter arise. A euphemistic appropriation of the motto of the Boy Scouts of America, "Be prepared." When you begin dating someone new, you should always be prepared!
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Hope for the best and prepare for the worst,

 and Hope for the best but expect the worst.
Prov. You should have a positive attitude, but make sure you are ready for disaster. While my father was in the hospital after his heart attack, we hoped for the best and prepared for the worst. When you study for a major exam, hope for the best but expect the worst. Don't make yourself anxious worrying that it will be too difficult, but review as if you expect the exam to be extremely hard.
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If you want peace, (you must) prepare for war.

Prov. If a country is well armed, its opponents will be less likely to attack it. Wilbur was always arguing with those of his friends who believed in disarmament. "Getting rid of our weapons won't promote peace," he would say. "If you want peace, you must prepare for war."
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prepare someone for something

to build someone up for shocking news. I went in and had a talk with her to prepare her for the report. You should prepare yourself for the worst.
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prepare someone or something for something

to get someone or something ready for something. I prepared her for her trip by going over her itinerary. I prepared the garden for planting.
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prepare the ground for something

to make conditions ready for something to happen in the future These experiments prepared the ground for the development of sound-recording technology.
Usage notes: often used in a political context: Even if she is preparing the ground to run for governor, the senator will probably stay in the Senate.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of prepare the ground (to make land ready for planting crops)
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prepare the way (for somebody/something)

to create an opportunity for something to happen His comments prepared the way for the two organizations to work together. Her election prepared the way for me and others like me.
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prepare the ground

if you prepare the ground for an activity or a situation, you do something that will help it to happen (usually + for ) The leaders of both countries are preparing the ground for negotiations which may lead to peace.
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be prepared

To be willing (to do something): I am not prepared to defend him when I know he was wrong.
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References in classic literature ?
Valentine," he answered, "during my long watch over you, all I have observed has been what people visited you, what nourishment was prepared, and what beverage was served; then, when the latter appeared dangerous to me, I entered, as I have now done, and substituted, in the place of the poison, a healthful draught; which, instead of producing the death intended, caused life to circulate in your veins.
At length his horses having recovered strength sufficient for a journey, he prepared to return to the Nez Perces, or rather to visit his caches on Salmon River; that he might take thence goods and equipments for the opening season.
My intendant has prepared the orders of a thousand livres, drawn upon the cities of the south; he will give you a hundred of them.
They had gone there, and in each case the teachers had found them so well prepared that they entered advanced classes.
These sayings were prepared in the inner laboratory of his mind in a portable form as if intentionally, so that insignificant society people might carry them from drawing room to drawing room.
When Prince Andrew reached the room prepared for him and lay down in a clean shirt on the feather bed with its warmed and fragrant pillows, he felt that the battle of which he had brought tidings was far, far away from him.
Maud, who had prepared me for disappointment, and who had been sprightly and vivacious all day, broke down as we landed in our own little cove.
If I told her to leave her husband, that must mean uniting her life with mine; am I prepared for that?
9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Prepared Holdings, LLC, the holding company for Prepared Insurance Company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Meridian Insurance Holdings, Inc.
Reynoldsburg, OH, has patented a cosmetic skin moisturizing composition that contains glycerin; beet root extract; aloe barbadensis leaf polysaccharides; retinol; ascorbic acid; tocopherol acetate; pantothenic acid; a yeast extract prepared From a saccharomyces zinc ferment; a yeast extract prepared from a saccharomyces copper ferment; a yeast extract prepared from a saccharomyces magnesium ferment; a yeast extract prepared from a saccharomyces iron ferment; a yeast extract prepared from.
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational School "Project SMILE," $500, prepared by Georgette Lemay and Andrea Geffert.
Earlier this week, the Daily News asked 10 people at random in front of Palmdale's Antelope Valley Mall if they think they're prepared.
Program quality varies widely, with the majority of teachers prepared in lower-quality programs, and state regulations and accreditation standards are insufficient to maintain quality.
A singularly useful tool whether one undertakes an estate plan alone or simply needs help getting the basic details prepared before talking to a lawyer who bills by the hour.
At issue in Roxworthy were two memoranda prepared by KPMG LLP for the general counsel of Yum