at the ready

adjective
ready for immediate use
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soldiers with guns at the ready

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students with pens and notebooks at the ready

Similar to: ↑ready

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IN POSITION, poised, ready for use/action, waiting; N. Amer. on deck.
ready

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at the ready
1. (of a firearm) ready to be fired
2. Prepared for instant action
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Main Entry:ready

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at the ready phrase
prepared for immediate use or action

The children all looked up at her, pens and paper at the ready.

Thesaurus: words used to describe plans and preparationssynonym ready or about to do somethingsynonym
Main entry: ready

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prepared or available for immediate use

the men walk with their guns at the ready

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at the ready
: available for immediate use

The tourists kept their cameras at the ready.

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Main Entry:ready

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at the ˈready idiom
available to be used immediately

We all had our cameras at the ready.

Have your questions at the ready.

Main entry:readyidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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