ready, willing, and able


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ready, willing, and able

A phrase used to describe someone who is capable of and eager to do something. Our team is read, willing, and able, boss—we just need the order to start production. The senator has inspired a huge number of volunteers who are ready, willing, and able to campaign for her presidential election bid.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

ready, willing, and able

Cliché eager or at least willing [to do something]. If you need someone to help you move furniture, I'm ready, willing, and able. Fred is ready, willing, and able to do anything you ask him.
See also: able, and
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ready, willing, and able

Well prepared and eager to do something, as in Any time you want me to babysit, I'm ready, willing, and able.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ready, willing, and able

Completely prepared and eager to do something. This term, from the first half of the twentieth century, sounds like the reply of an overeager military recruit. Most likely its rhythmic appeal is what made it survive. For example, “Have you learned all your lines so you can go on?— Ready, willing, and able.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Although the general rule is that a broker is deemed to have earned a commission upon procuring a buyer who is ready, willing, and able to purchase the property at the price and terms offered by the seller, parties to a brokerage agreement may add whatever conditions they desire to their agreement.
In simple terms, the tribunal may now decide whether the individuals were "ready, willing, and able" to enter this union.
But there was a structural flaw in that plane, one they discovered months later, and all the good will of the pilot, passengers, and other personnel couldn't avert that disaster." That's the "ready, willing, and able" test.