all one's ducks in a row, get/have

get one's ducks in a row

Fig. to get one's affairs in order or organized. Jane is organized. She really gets all her ducks in a row right away. You can't hope to go into a company and sell something until you get your ducks in a row.
See also: duck, get, row
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

all one's ducks in a row, get/have

Be completely prepared and well organized. This colloquialism from the second half of the 1900s alludes to lining up target ducks in a shooting gallery. Sue Grafton used it in R Is for Ricochet (2004): “The trick is not to alert him until we have all our ducks in a row.”
See also: all, duck, get, have
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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