to get your ducks in a row



Idiom Definition

"to get your ducks in a row"

to become organized;

to be prepared

Idiom Definition - to get your ducks in a row

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to get your ducks in a row

Paul went to see his doctor recently for his annual physical check-up.  Paul's doctor told Paul that he needs to lose some weight or he will have health problems.  Paul's doctor gave Paul a list of suggestions to help Paul lose weight.  The list included:

Exercise every day;

Eat 7 - 9 servings of vegetables each day;

Stop eating fatty foods and candies;

Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night

Paul decides that he must get organized and:

make a schedule of daily activities;

make a list for healthy grocery shopping;

join a fitness facility;

stop watching television at 10pm and go to bed

When Paul achieves these four tasks, he will have started to get his ducks in a row.


Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to get your ducks in a row

A man is proposing a new business venture to his banker ...

Banker:  OK. Show me your capital expenditure schedule.

Man:  I don't have that.

Banker:  OK. Then show me your five year business plan.

Man:  I don't have that either.

Banker:  What do you have?

Man:  I have a great idea.

Banker:  That's fine but in order for the bank to give you a loan, you need to get your ducks in a row.



to get your ducks in a row - Usage:

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to get your ducks in a row - Gerund Form:

Getting your ducks in a row can be a great way to become successful.


to get your ducks in a row - Examples:

1)  I get my ducks in a row by preparing well.

2)  You get your ducks in a row when you research the topic.

3)  He gets his ducks in a row before every lecture he gives.

4)  She gets her ducks in a row when she completes her checklist.

5)  The government rarely gets its ducks in a row.

6)  We get our ducks in a row when we study the opposing team and discuss strategy before the game.

7)  You (all) get your ducks in a row by ensuring you (all) have the necessary paperwork.

8)  They get their ducks in a row when they have everything they need prepared.

9)  Get your ducks in a row. The best buyer tip is be prepared.

10)  Do use LinkedIn - but make sure you get your ducks in a row first.

11)  As other posters have suggested, gather the evidence, get your ducks in a row and simply confront him with the truth.

12)  Stop appealing to authority and get your ducks in a row instead.

13)  When you team up with another business for a joint venture, get your ducks in a row first.

14)  Even if you start getting your ducks in a row now, it can all work out swimmingly come sale time.

15)  Any working mother will tell you getting your ducks in a row will save your sanity. 

16)  Davis is getting his ducks in a row, prepping to make a splash probably after the super bowl.

17)  And Trish Carter was taking her time "getting my ducks in a row" before tackling it full time.

18)  As usual, I'll still be getting my ducks in a row until the last minute.

19)  That should give us forty-eight hours to get our ducks in a row.

20)  Today we're getting our ducks in a row (laundry, internet, food, post office).