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on deck

1. Literally, on the deck of a seafaring vessel. The crates on deck came loose in the storm and went flying overboard.
2. Ready or available (to do something). We have a team of helpers on deck to make sure everyone here has a fantastic experience. Who do we have on deck to deal with the power outage?
3. In baseball, next up to bat. Primarily heard in US. With their record-breaking batter on deck, the team is hoping to take the lead.
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on deck

 
1. Lit. on the deck of a boat or a ship. Everyone except the cook was on deck when the storm hit. Just pull up the anchor and leave it on deck.
2. Fig. ready (to do something); ready to be next (at something). Ann, get on deck. You're next. Who's on deck now?
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on deck

1. Available, ready for action, as in We had ten kids on deck to clean up after the dance. [Slang; second half of 1800s]
2. In baseball, scheduled to bat next, waiting near home plate to bat, as in Joe was on deck next. [1860s] Both usages allude to crew members being on the deck of a ship, in readiness to perform their duties.
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on deck

ready for action or work. North American
This expression refers to a ship's main deck as the place where the crew musters to receive orders for action.
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on deck

1. On hand; present.
2. Sports Waiting to take one's turn, especially as a batter in baseball.
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