Idiom:  get one's ducks in a row

An image of many rubber ducks in a row with the idiom definition and example - Be sure to get your ducks in a row before you file for divorce.


Idiom:  have / get one's ducks in a row

  • get well prepared or organized for something that's going to happen

Example sentences

— I wish we could join you but we have to get our ducks in a row before our move this weekend.

— Too bad you didn't have your ducks in a row before you quit your job.

— I understood my prognosis was really poor when my doctor recommended I get my ducks in a row before my operation.

— Why didn't you have your ducks in a row before your retirement?

— I've been trying to get my ducks in a row to apply for my citizenship for the past year.

— Don't worry, your ducks are in a row and I know you'll pass the bar.

— Let's meet on Tuesday to make sure our ducks are in a row before the product launch.

— Since the weather forecast wasn't great we had our ducks in a row reserving a nice indoor venue for the luncheon instead of the garden.

— We're devastated. The doctor basically told my father to get his ducks in a row for the family because the cancer has spread throughout his body.


  • get one's act together
  • cover all bases

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