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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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prepare the ground (for something)

To create or prepare the basics or essential foundation (for something); to pave the way (for something). Our success with this healthcare bill wouldn't be possible had the previous administration not prepared the ground. As CEO of the company, I prepared the ground for one of the most successful international firms in the country.
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prepare the way (for something)

To create or prepare the basics or essential foundation (for something); to pave the way (for something). Our success with this healthcare bill wouldn't be possible, had the previous administration not prepared the way. As CEO of the company, I prepared the way for one of the most successful international firms in the country.
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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

COMMON If you prepare the ground for a future event or course of action, you do things which will make it easier for that thing to happen. The president made it clear that his administration would continue to prepare the ground for future military action. The talks prepared the ground for the meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in Washington on September 19.
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prepare the ground

make it easier for something to occur or be developed.
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prepare the ˈground (for something)

do something which makes it possible or easier for something to happen: By making her his deputy, the chairman was preparing the ground for her to replace him after he retired.The meeting was to prepare the ground for next week’s peace talks.
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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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Because meat and dairy products must be prepared in separate facilities and he is limited by space, Weinberger maintains a nondairy kitchen, opting to prepare lots of beef, chicken and fish dishes.
While CPAs may not be able to predict the weather, they can prepare useful financial forecasts and projections.
As more CPAs in public practice prepare prospective financial statements, they may benefit from some of the insight I have gained about performing this valuable service.
I explain to clients that I will develop a financial model for a specific time period (usually three to five years), prepare the financial statements--including disclosure of the major assumptions--and attach a report on firm letterhead stating what I did.
Developed in partnership with the Chamber and the Los Angeles City Workforce Investment Board Youth Council, the WRC program helps prepare youth for employment by equipping them with a credential showing they've mastered basic skills for entry-level jobs.
Participating employers help to prepare the future workforce and gain access to a qualified pool of youth candidates for open positions.
1; the accountant who prepares the material adjustment in journal entry format and submits it to the client to record is exempt.
During one of Montez's visits to the company, Max Muller, the president, asked her to prepare some financial information for his brother-in-law, who is thinking of investing in the business.
Until now, this type of food had only been available to those with significant cooking expertise, personal chefs or those with the time available to prepare fresh ingredients.
Chef Skversky and a team of dedicated chefs at the Eaturna Culinary Center, a 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art kitchen in Los Angeles, carefully prepare each food item so that it maintains ultimate freshness for 2 to 3 days after purchase, making Eaturna food an ideal choice for consumers seeking a quick bite to eat or a healthy sit down meal with the family.
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