Definition of at the ready in English:

at the ready


  • Prepared or available for immediate use.

    ‘the men walk with their guns at the ready’
    • ‘That includes proper documentation and a severance package at the ready.’
    • ‘But there to greet them on the main bridge was the fearless firemen, with hoses at the ready.’
    • ‘Now I will proceed to impart several of my many reasons for having it loaded and at the ready.’
    • ‘Unusually, the soldiers were down and walking around, guns at the ready.’
    • ‘It's one thing to have opportunities at the ready, but making sure your target audience knows about them is just as important.’
    • ‘We were prepared, with hoses, buckets and tubs at the ready, gutters blocked and filled with water.’
    • ‘Sandbags were put at the ready, hotel furniture and office equipment were removed to higher floors and safety signage was put up.’
    • ‘A dedicated group of organisers are always at the ready to help a new cause, and Marueen is one of that special group.’
    • ‘Already she has paid a publicity visit, with personal assistant Vicky by her side as ever, and make-up magic at the ready.’
    • ‘Two attendants stand at the ready beside him, while another lies prostrate at his feet.’
    • ‘The ubiquitous large tray with sweets and tidbits was at the ready and freshly brewed Chinese tea was wheeled in.’
    • ‘So I'm just sitting here waiting for it all to print, guillotine and double-sided sticky tape at the ready.’
    • ‘I sit back on my haunches, knife held at the ready in front of me.’
    • ‘Having your phone at the ready or tapping away constantly gives rise to what experts are calling infomania.’
    • ‘Riding shotgun is a team mechanic, at the ready should a driver need a quick fix.’
    • ‘They sit and eavesdrop on every turn with spare batteries at the ready in their sweaty laps.’
    easily available, available, accessible
    in position, poised, ready for use, ready for action, waiting
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