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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 ?
Numerical weakness comes from having to prepare against possible attacks; numerical strength, from compelling our adversary to make these preparations against us.
At the end of my first year with the Indians there came another opening for me at Hampton, which, as I look back over my life now, seems to have come providentially, to help to prepare me for my work at Tuskegee later.
Whereupon the cook set to work to prepare a breakfast worthy of the occasion.
Again, when lovers are coming forth, soft music often conducts them on the stage, either to soothe the audience with the softness of the tender passion, or to lull and prepare them for that gentle slumber in which they will most probably be composed by the ensuing scene.
If you are right," I said, "then we must prepare to winter here.
And she refused Sir Pitt, my dear, dear Miss Crawley, prepare yourself for it," Mrs.
Prepare yourself, dear friend--she's gone out for a long time--she's--she's gone altogether.
As P prepares S's return, there is a question as to whether a payment the company made to X is a nondeductible return of capital or a deductible payment of compensation.
It is imperative to select an EAP service provider that will write an accurate plan that will be accepted by the FDNY and, more importantly, a plan that correctly prepares your property for an emergency situation.
One might get to the gospel by showing how God prepares us through "fire" and "fuller's soap.
IRC section 7701(36)(A) defines an income tax preparer as "any person who prepares for compensation, or who employs one or more persons to prepare for compensation" a tax return.
1 -- color) Personal Chef Perry Castellano prepares a tuna steak in his own home kitchen.
That's why I created HIRE-LA, which prepares young adults for the 21st Century workforce in the City of Los Angeles.
An "income tax return preparer" is any person who prepares for compensation, or who employs one or more persons to prepare for compensation, all or a substantial portion of any return or refund claim; see Sec.
Weinberger, who is also a certified kosher inspector, prepares between nine and a dozen lunches and dinners for students daily throughout the school term.
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