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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

all systems go

used for saying that everything is ready for an event or an activity to begin

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

batten down

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

sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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dish

to gossip or share personal information with someone …

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