get your ducks in a row
get (one's) ducks in a row
To take action to become well-organized, prepared, and/or up-to-date. We need to get our ducks in a row to ensure that there are no problems at home while we're gone on our trip. Make sure Finance gets their ducks in a row before the audit.
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have your ducks in a rowmainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you get your ducks in a row or have your ducks in a row, you get everything well organized and under control. The people who've been running the business for the last few years seem to be getting their ducks in a row. Dan's a thorough kind of guy. He isn't going to do anything until he's got all his ducks in a row. Note: The `ducks' in this expression are duckpins. The game of duckpins is a variation of bowling, with ten smaller pins and a smaller ball with no finger holes. The literal meaning of `to get your ducks in a row' is to get your duckpins set up for the next game.
get (or have) your ducks in a rowget (or have) your facts straight; get (or have) everything organized. North American informal
1996 Brew Your Own You really want to have all your ducks in a row before the meeting.