get all (of) (one's) ducks in a row

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get all (of) (one's) ducks in a row

To become well organized, prepared, and up to date; to get everything ready or in order. We'll need to start getting all our ducks in a row before the big move! You had better get all of your ducks in a row before you start throwing accusations around.
See also: all, duck, get, row
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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
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