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To be ready, or to get ready for something

stand by

to be ready to do something

brace

verb

to get ready for something unpleasant

steel yourself

to prepare yourself for something unpleasant

be/go on red alert

to be/get ready to deal with something very dangerous

batten down

to get ready or to make something ready for a difficult or dangerous situation

be ripe for something

to be ready for something, especially a change

be in business

to be ready to do something, because all the necessary preparations have been made

be looking to do something

planning to do something

have something up your sleeve

to have a secret plan that you can surprise someone with

screw up the courage/nerve to do something

to prepare mentally for doing something difficult

conscious uncoupling

the act of ending a marriage or romantic relationship in a way which shows that the two people will remain friends …

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