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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

ready and willing

Prepared and inclined to do something. We'll be there, ornaments in hand, ready and willing to help you decorate! If you're going to join this firm, you have to be ready and willing to work long hours and weekends.
See also: and, ready, willing

anytime you're ready

A phrase that encourages the listener to take or start a course of action. A: "Can I start the meeting now?" B: "Sure, anytime you're ready."
See also: anytime, ready

at the ready

Available for use at any time. My sister could go into labor any day now, so I have my phone constantly at the ready. The volunteers descended on the garden, their shovels at the ready.
See also: ready

all dressed up and nowhere to go

Ready for an event or occasion that has since been canceled. Jimmy canceled our date tonight, so I'm all dressed up and nowhere to go. A: "Why is Jill is all dressed up and nowhere to go?" B: "Oh, because the friend she was supposed to meet got sick."
See also: all, and, dress, nowhere, up

be ready to roll

To be eager and prepared to take action. Often said when one is ready to leave a certain place. Are you ready yet? The rest of us are ready to roll! After taking a break from my research over the weekend, I was ready to roll on Monday morning.
See also: ready, roll

ready cash

Cash funds that are immediately available to spend. It's good to invest your money, but you should also have some ready cash in case of emergency.
See also: cash, ready

(a little/bit) rough and ready

1. Unpolished, imperfect, or unkempt, but generally able or ready for use or action. This video is a bit rough and ready, but it's pretty close to what we want the finished product to look like. This old truck's a little rough and ready, but it's still the most reliable vehicle I've owned.
2. Somewhat lacking in refinement, sophistication, manners, etc. The workers on the oil rig are a little bit rough and ready, but they're good guys, every single one of them. Yeah, the diner is a little rough and ready, but I think that's what gives it its charm. I can't believe you would ask me to pay you back on the day that I got laid off. Thanks for rubbing salt in my wounds, man.
See also: and, little, ready, rough

make ready to (do something)

To make preparations to do something. We're making ready to move out of the city and into the countryside. I made ready to propose to her, just waiting for the right pause in the conversation.
See also: make, ready

ready to roll

1. Eager and prepared to take action. I'm ready to roll! Let's start painting.
2. Ready to leave a certain place. You ready to roll, bro? I gotta be home by midnight.
See also: ready, roll

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.
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(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!
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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, on

*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

rough-and-ready

 
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.

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

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]
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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

rough and ready

COMMON
1. If something is rough and ready, it is simple and basic, or it is not exact, because it has been made or done quickly. We stayed the night at the town's only hostel, a rough-and-ready bar with rooms attached. I can only provide rough and ready sales predictions.
2. If someone is rough and ready, they are not polite or very educated. At first, the rough and ready sailors didn't know what to make of the young priest. He's a bit rough and ready but he knows what he's doing.
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?
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ready for this?

verb
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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