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