I am looking for a phrase to mean that one is fully prepared for the task ahead.

I was originally thinking of "all the pieces are falling into position" but that implies things are presently coming together, not that they have already.

  • The task is in hand? – Chris Harland May 28 '15 at 9:57
  • Everything is set! – user66974 May 28 '15 at 10:09
  • Ready and waiting? – Julie Carter May 28 '15 at 10:47
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    All set (to go) ( see comment by @Josh61) – Julie Carter May 28 '15 at 10:59
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    If you want a phrase that means fully prepared, then "fully prepared" would seem to fit the bill. Is there some other requirement you need to satisfy? – DJClayworth May 28 '15 at 17:15

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Just fix the one you were leaning towards to begin with: All the pieces HAVE fallen into position.

  • Hmm I like the idea of modifying existing phrases subtly. I wasn't sure it would still be a well known phrase if it were modified even slightly but upon further reflection I think this would be acceptable. Many thanks. – Coldfusion May 29 '15 at 8:43

"I'm locked and loaded" is sometimes used in the US.


Good to go

all ready to go; all checked and pronounced ready to go.

ready for the situation


"We are ready to rock and roll," is a common phrase. (US)


What about this one: I am ready to go ?


gear up: to prepare yourself/somebody/something to do something

informal Ready and eager to engage in an activity.


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    You're also locked and loaded, of course. At least if you're a US action hero. – Dan Bron May 28 '15 at 10:20
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    @DanBron: Of course :) – Tushar Raj May 28 '15 at 10:21
  • Hot to trot has a sexual connotation that ColdFusion might not want – Kevin May 28 '15 at 15:24

How about "I'm squared away"

def1 "to square the yards so as to sail before the wind" def2 to square away "to put everything into readiness"


My wife and I use the phrase "Ready to go?" and "Ready to go." so much that if our dog hears us say it he will get super excited.


I am good to go!

In the US Military this expression is the response you can expect to the question, "Are you fully prepared for the mission at hand?"


I'm ready to rumble, often used to excite the audience of a competition as it's about to begin.

I'm set to jet, particularly applicable when talking about being prepared for a journey, but can be used in pretty much any context to suggest preparations are complete.

We're five by five can be used to indicate readiness. It comes from radio communication jargon, where it's used to indicate signal quality is optimum and transmission can commence. It's a bit technical, but it works.

Ready, Freddy! is a popular silly option. It's silly because you're probably not telling it to someone named Freddy, you're just saying "Freddy" because it rhymes with "ready". If the person you're announcing it to is actually named Freddy, then it's still funny because the idiom is well-known so the situation is a humorous coincidence.


"Primed" or "Fully primed" or more colloquially, "cooking on gas".


You can say that someone is ready for action.

That is a pretty common idiomatic expression.

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