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get (one's) ducks in a row

expression

  • To ensure all the small details or elements are accounted for and in their proper order before embarking on a new project. Good attorneys, for example, make sure all of the evidence and witnesses are presented in a precise, effective order, like ducklings following the mother duck in a straight line when in water, or the natural flight formation used by ducks as they fly through the sky in a V-formation behind the leader, allowing each duck to take advantage of reduced wind resistance.
    I like working with you because you always have your ducks in a row before we start.

    Last edited on Dec 11 2015. Submitted by GarGed on Dec 11 2015.

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stomp out flaming ducks

verb

  • to deal with large (piled up) work that an employee encounters, especially upon returning from extended absence (vacation, medical leave, etc.) A combination of "get (one's) ducks in a row" and "put out fires". Very rare.
    I'd love to help you, but I'm still stomping out flaming ducks from my vacation last week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

    Citation from "Weekly Horoscope for Aquarius", 11th September 2006 - 17th September 2006, 0800 Horoscopes blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

    Citation from "Weekly Horoscope for Taurus", 8th March 2010 - 14th March 2010, 0800 Horoscopes blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Dec 12 2015. Submitted by GarGed on Dec 11 2015.

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