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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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His seal lay ready on the table, and it mattered nothing whether he used it, or whether a person in his confidence used it for him.
You will say, then, to my good and faithful Parisians," continued Anne, with a smile, the expression of which did not deceive D'Artagnan, "that you have seen the king in bed, asleep, and the queen also ready to retire.
When we halted in the evening, and he sat with the other braves and smoked, it was I that pitched his lodge; and when he came to eat and sleep, his supper and his bed were ready.
Price, or the good offices of Rebecca, everything was rationally and duly accomplished, and the girls were ready for the morrow.
just as the Adams had received her complement of men, and the two vessels were ready for sea, news came from Commodore Chauncey, commanding on Lake Ontario, that a reinforcement of seamen was wanted in that quarter.
In the evening he cut out the work, and went to bed early, that he might get up and begin betimes next day; but he was saved all the trouble, for when he got up in the morning the work was done ready to his hand.
There was a young fellow named Ready, packed out for his health, and hurrying home to die among friends.
Food too was ready for us, and so soon as we had washed ourselves with water, which stood ready in earthenware jars, some young women of handsome appearance brought us roasted meats, and mealie cobs daintily served on wooden platters, and presented them to us with deep obeisances.
On more than one occasion I went outside the house to get ready for bed, or to wait until the family had gone to bed.
For three minutes all had been ready, but they still delayed and all were silent.
Even as Tarzan opened his eyes he was upon his feet, his spear grasped firmly in his hand and ready for attack.
It is ready,' said one of the young women, and after flicking with her apron the top of the samovar which was now boiling over, she carried it with an effort to the table, raised it, and set it down with a thud.