Definition of get (or have) one's ducks in a row in English:

get (or have) one's ducks in a row

phrase

North American
informal
  • Get (or have) one's facts straight; get (or have) everything organized.

    ‘I want to have my ducks in a row before I go in there and confront them’
    • ‘‘January is the time to get your ducks in a row,’ advises Liza Mason, a managing partner for Premier Ventures, which owns and operates four high-volume restaurants in Denver.’
    • ‘If you are trying to get 100 musicians to play your symphony, you had better have your ducks in a row before you walk into the hall with an armload of scores.’
    • ‘The other board members pay attention if I present my case forcefully, and I can be enough of a pain that they make sure they have their ducks in a row before bringing up any new spending increase.’
    • ‘It's naive to think that they'd do anything unless they have their ducks in a row.’
    • ‘Normally, financing details of a deal of this magnitude take several months, but Blank got his ducks in a row quickly.’
    • ‘Another factor pushed them to hurry the project: the need to get their ducks in a row before they ran out of time.’
    • ‘The Europe team, on the other hand, got their ducks in a row in no uncertain terms and are standing tall.’
    • ‘‘You can't get a public fund-raising campaign going if you don't have your ducks in a row,’ he says.’
    • ‘The crew worked together to get our ducks in a row as we headed back to the ship.’
    • ‘I find it hard to get my ducks in a row at the best of times but today was the first time since about last August that I felt a little in control of life.’