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.

Meaning

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.


Synonyms

  • get one's act together
  • cover all bases

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