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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!
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 already. As CEO of the company, I prepared the ground for one of the most successful international firms in the country.
prepare the way (for something)
To create or prepare the basics or essential foundation (for something); to pave the way (for something). Primarily heard in US. Our success with this healthcare bill wouldn't be possible, had the previous administration not prepared the way already. As CEO of the company, I prepared the way for one of the most successful international firms in the country.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
To be willing (to do something): I am not prepared to defend him when I know he was wrong.