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ready

at or to the ready (of a rifle) in the position normally adopted immediately prior to aiming and firing

ready

[′red·ē]
(ordnance)
Of a weapon, aimed, loaded, and prepared to fire.
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The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves
Then we hear of John the Baptist, who makes ready the way of the Lord, who proclaims a baptism of repentance and cries out in the wilderness, "Reform your lives
The 44m [pounds sterling] Prize Foods Group subsidiary makes ready meals and convenience foods for own label and catering sectors.