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get one's ducks in a row

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get one's ducks in a row

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have one's ducks in a row


have one's ducks in a row

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(Variations: have

[or get] one's ducks all in a row or have [or get] all one's ducks in a row) To be fully prepared; to be organized; DO one's HOMEWORK : You have five years to get all your ducks in a row/ Want to get all your ducks in a row? Get ChemPlus [1970s+ Army; perhaps fr a mother duck's marshaling of her ducklings in a neat flotilla behind her; perhaps fr some game]


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Idioms and Phrases with get one's ducks in a row
Also, have one's ducks in a row. Complete one's preparations, become efficient and well organized, as in I'm trying to get my ducks in a row before I go to Europe. This synonym for get one's act together probably alludes to lining up target ducks in a shooting gallery. [ ; 1970s ]
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