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Ready or about to do something

ready

adjective

prepared for what is going to happen

prepared

adjective

ready and able to do something

poised

adjective

about to do or achieve something after preparing for it

set

adjective

ready to do something

ready for something/ready to do something

feeling that you must have or must do something

on the point of doing something

about to do something

on the verge of something

about to do something or experience something

in the wings

ready to do something, or ready to be used when needed

on (full) alert

ready to take action to deal with a dangerous situation

warmed-up

adjective

ready to do a sport or other activity

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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