(get/have) your ducks in a row


1. to organize, prepare, and/or get one's affairs in order






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get your ducks in a row

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To get or have ‘your ducks in a row’ means to be prepared and organized for something that is going to happen. “I want to have all my ducks in a row before the meeting this evening.” This is an American idiomatic expression used in both social and professional contexts.

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  1. Make sure to get your ducks in a row before we leave for our trip.
  2. I always need to have all my ducks in a row before starting any new job.
  3. It took a long time for me to get our ducks in a row so we could purchase our new house.

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  1. Ramesh had done his research, met the client, and signed all the paperwork. He had all his ducks in a row and he was about to close the sale.

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