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get ready

To prepare for something. Get ready to see the best movie of your life! I have to go home early so I can get ready for our trip tomorrow.
See also: get, ready

ready for the knacker's yard

In a state of ruin or failure due to having become useless or obsolete. Refers to a slaughterhouse for old or injured horses. Once a booming industry, home video rental was ready for the knacker's yard as soon as the Internet became a common household utility.
See also: ready, yard

make (oneself or something) ready (for someone or something)

To become or make something prepared for something or someone. I don't think I'll have enough time to make myself ready for the gala this evening! John, please make the spare rooms ready for Jane and the kids before they get here. Gentlemen, make ready for our immediate departure!
See also: make, ready

ready money

Cash funds that are immediately at hand to spend. I hear he has expensive taste, so if you're going to date him, be sure you've got plenty of ready money. Good thing his wife's family has plenty of ready money. I don't know how they could afford to raise a child otherwise.
See also: money, ready

all dressed up and nowhere to go

 and all dressed up with nowhere to go completely ready for something
that has been postponed or has failed to materialize. (May be literal or figurative.) Tom: I just heard that your company is closed today. Fred: Gee, I'm all dressed up and nowhere to go. The space shot was cancelled, so all the astronauts are all dressed up with nowhere to go.
See also: all, and, dress, nowhere, up

Anytime you are ready,

 and Anytime you're ready.
a phrase indicating that the speaker is waiting for the person spoken to to make the appropriate move or action. Mary: I think it's about time to go. Bill: Anytime you're ready. Surgeon: Shall we begin the operation?Nurse: Anytime you're ready, Doctor.
See also: anytime, ready

(Are you) ready for this?

a way of presenting a piece of news or information that is expected to excite or surprise the person spoken to. Tom: Boy, do I have something to tell you! Are you ready for this? Mary: Sure. Let me have it! Tom: Now, here's a great joke! Are you ready for this? It is so funny! Alice: I can hardly wait.
See also: ready

(Are you) ready to order?

Would you please tell me what you want as your meal? (A standard phrase used in eating establishments to find out what a customer wants to eat.) The waitress came over and asked, "Are you ready to order?" Tom: I know what I want. What about you, Sally? Are you ready to order? Sally: Don't rush me!
See also: ready

on your mark, get set, go

 and ready, set, go
[in preparing to start a race involving speed] move to the starting point, get set to move, go. Runners on your mark, get set, go.
See also: get

*ready (to do something)

prepared to do something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) Get ready to jump! It's time to get ready to go to work.

ready, willing, and able

Cliché eager or at least willing [to do something]. If you need someone to help you move furniture, I'm ready, willing, and able. Fred is ready, willing, and able to do anything you ask him.
See also: able, and


1. strong, active, and ready for anything. John is not exactly rough-and-ready, but he is a moderately good athlete. Ralph is very rough-and-ready, but his table manners are very bad.
2. Go to rough-and-tumble.


 and rough-and-ready
disorderly; aggressive. That was a rough-and-tumble football game. George is too rough-and-ready for me. He doesn't know how to act around civilized people.

when one is good and ready

when one is completely ready. I'll be there when I'm good and ready. Ann will finish the job when she's good and ready and not a minute sooner.
See also: and, good, one, ready

make ready to do something

to prepare to do something He made ready to jump in the water and swim to shore as soon as the boat neared the beach.
See also: make, ready

at the ready

ready for use Military police leapt out of the car, their weapons at the ready.
See also: ready

ready to roll

1. prepared to start doing something Once you have the software loaded, you're ready to roll.
2. prepared to leave Give me a call when you're ready to roll.
See also: ready, roll

fit/ready to drop

extremely tired I'd just walked 10 miles and I was ready to drop.
See drop guard, drop into lap
See also: drop, fit

be ready to roll

1. (mainly American) to be going to start soon The new TV series from the Hill Street Blues creator, Steve Bochco, is ready to roll.
2. (American) to be going to leave soon Give me a call when you're ready to roll, and I'll meet you outside.
See also: ready, roll

ready cash/money

money that is immediately available to spend They need investors with ready money if they're going to get the project started.
See fit to drop
See also: cash, ready

rough and ready

1. if you do something in a rough and ready way, you do it quickly and without preparing it carefully I've done a rough and ready translation of the instructions. I hope it's clear enough.
2. not very polite or well educated Just a warning about the men who work for him, they're a bit rough and ready.
See also: and, ready, rough

at the ready

Available for immediate use, as in Umbrellas at the ready, we were prepared to brave the storm. This idiom was originally a military term in which the ready denoted the position of a firearm prepared to be raised and aimed or fired. [First half of 1800s]
See also: ready

get ready

Also, make ready. Become prepared or make preparations for something. For example, It'll take me another hour to get ready for the painter, or Jane promised to make the room ready for our guests. [Late 1500s] Also see get set.
See also: get, ready

ready, willing, and able

Well prepared and eager to do something, as in Any time you want me to babysit, I'm ready, willing, and able.
See also: able, and

rough and ready

Unrefined or makeshift but available for use or action, as in The agenda is somewhat rough and ready, but it covers the main issues. [First half of 1800s]
See also: and, ready, rough

(Are you) ready for this?

interrog. Are you prepared to hear this news? (A way of presenting a piece of news or information that is expected to excite or surprise the person spoken to.) Boy, do I have something to tell you! Are you ready for this?
See also: ready

ready for this?

See also: ready

rough and ready

mod. vigorous and eager. After a good night’s sleep, I feel rough and ready—I could take on a bear. My friend is the rough and ready type. I’d rather sit and think about things.
See also: and, ready, rough

at the ready

Available for immediate use: soldiers with machine guns at the ready; students with notebooks at the ready.
See also: ready

make ready

To make preparations.
See also: make, ready
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Some principals have better credentials than others; for those who we find ready to keep up with our changes, we will make them readier and for those we feel are not ready, we will offer them our support and make them ready
The readier access provided to the monitor, the more likely the monitor is to accept representations from the company about the progress of its compliance program and report favorably on the board's commitment.
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And indeed it seems the ICC is readier to accuse an African leader than a Western head of state, even though there are many who believe that directly or indirectly President Bush is responsible for and should answer for the brutality and mayhem he unleashed upon Iraq.
gestures of defense' (xii) than in prior works, and L-L is also readier to find in Benjamin and in Adorno a counter reading to Heidegger's appropriation of Holderlin and German romanticism in general.
Generally, a protest group's choice of tactics is related to its ability to gain political access without using disruption, with groups enjoying readier access to policymakers having less need for disruptive tactics (Wolfsfeld, 1988, 131).
And if his commitment to the Corps weren't testament enough to his willingness to serve, Sage's past few weeks in the limelight have made him all the readier.
Yet for all their retrospective remorse over the wholesale slaughter of the Jews back then," Podhoretz sneers, "the Europeans seem no readier to lift a finger to prevent a second Holocaust than they were the first time around.
Washington may become readier to envision a more robust EU defense option in conjunction with NATO, but any shift will be paired with pressure from a more cost-conscious Washington for increased European military spending.
He is now readier than he has ever been for a season of night league racing at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton (which begins the first week of January) and master's-level competition up north.
All signs are that both the United States and North Korea are readier than ever to work toward achieving the goals of the Feb.
Consequently, the social work sector in 2007 feels readier to welcome this site than was the case a few years ago.
The Aspenites correctly urge that eligible students be given readier access to tutoring and the other privately provided services NCLB requires.
Moreover, in Merton's view, since the contemplative was more sensitive than most people to the richness and unity of being, he or she would be readier than most to work towards the unity of all human beings.
He also sees some benefits from these changes: "The flip side of this concentration," he expounded, "is that as media owners become larger, and consequently better able to control their own destiny; they will be much readier to invest in new products, especially in multimedia, the Internet and digital outlets.