make (oneself or something) ready (for someone or something)

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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!
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make ˈready (for something)

(formal) prepare (for something): Everyone is very busy here making ready for the royal visit.
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make ready

To make preparations.
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References in classic literature ?
On our little walk along the quays, he made himself the most interesting companion, telling me about the different ships that we passed by, their rig, tonnage, and nationality, explaining the work that was going forward--how one was discharging, another taking in cargo, and a third making ready for sea--and every now and then telling me some little anecdote of ships or seamen or repeating a nautical phrase till I had learned it perfectly.
It had been hard in the morning to come in from the bright world outside, with flags flying, cannon booming, crackers popping, and everyone making ready for a holiday, and go to washing cups, while Dolly grumbled and the aunts lamented.
No matter what one thinks of Boris Johnson, or how one voted in the infamous referendum, one must be impressed by the vigour of the new administration in making ready for a no-deal Brexit if the European Union remains intransigent.
"And yonder," Benjamin goes on, "is a Jewish woman making ready for her family's Passover.
Arsenal boss Rioch is making ready for a spending spree by clearing the Highbury decks.