One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ready or available for someone to take advantage of.‘the big money is out there for the taking’
- ‘Waiters in white jackets were holding trays of water, orange juice or white wine for the taking.’
- ‘Four units were available for the taking and quickly these were filled.’
- ‘The independent and swing voters are looking to be ours for the taking if they keep this up.’
- ‘The league game most definitely was there for the taking, and in many aspects we were the authors of our own misfortune.’
- ‘Boiled in three or four changes of water, they are one of the first spring vegetables available for the taking.’
- ‘Those were the days, down in Wakonda, when the timber of the Siuslaw was ours for the taking.’
- ‘You can get any song, any program, or any movie that your heart desires and it's all free for the taking.’
- ‘These, and all sorts of books both great and small, are out there, lying around in public places for the taking.’
- ‘The game was there for the taking at half-time, but it was Leeds who took the lead when Ross kicked for the corner to set up a line-out drive.’
- ‘Mason jars of jelly beans and gummy bears and fresh-baked cookies are there for the taking.’
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