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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

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!
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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


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]
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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

(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
References in classic literature ?
By the time that we had eaten our breakfast, and smoked a pipe, a message was brought to us by no less a personage than Infadoos himself that Twala the king was ready to see us, if we would be pleased to come.
At length we declared that we were ready, and guided by Infadoos, started off to the audience, Umbopa carrying the rifle and beads.
A herd of buffalo, startled by his approach, rose ready to charge or to fly.
I must beguile her gently and pleasantly along till I've won her confidence, and then she will be ready for anything.
I'm afraid I never can," said Rose; but she surveyed the cup with favour, for a funny little imp danced on the handle, as if all ready to take a header into the white sea below.
Tiger and monkey as he may be, I am ready to run the risk of being introduced to him.
Already the thrusts were less fierce, the foot less ready, although there was no abatement of the spirit in the steady gray eyes.
The time passed on, the ship was on the waves, the boat beneath a mountain, the ready warriors stept upon the prow.
Grendel indeed was slain, but his mother, an ogre almost as fierce as he, was ready to avenge him.
Lady Janet's bright eyes watched him with sardonic attention; Lady Janet's ready tongue spoke out as freely as usual what was passing in her mind at the time.
As a connection of Lady Janet's by marriage, Horace's mother and sisters were ready to receive her with all the honors due to a new member of the family.
Old Mr Nightingale no sooner received this account, than in the utmost confusion he ordered a post-chaise to be instantly got ready, and, having recommended his nephew to the care of a servant, he directly left the house, scarce knowing what he did, nor whither he went.
This bar of the uncle being now removed (though young Nightingale knew not as yet in what manner), and all parties being quickly ready, the mother, Mr Jones, Mr Nightingale, and his love, stept into a hackney-coach, which conveyed them to Doctors' Commons; where Miss Nancy was, in vulgar language, soon made an honest woman, and the poor mother became, in the purest sense of the word, one of the happiest of all human beings.
Supposing I'm ready to fling my cap over the mill, other starchy people will give you the cold shoulder until you're married.
Penelope and I were ready for the Sergeant, as soon as the Sergeant was ready on his side.