| #2 (permalink) Wed May 26, 2010 7:00 am What does 'on your marks' mean?
|In Britain, we often say 'On your marks, get set, go' at the start of a race. I presume this is an equivalent statement to that:
Be prepared/On your marks: take up the appropriate place on the starting line.
Get ready/get set: Tense your muscles into the appropriate stance to begin.
The usage of the phrase here is idiomatic.
More literal usage examples:
"She was asked if she would be prepared to read in church."
"In order to be prepared for the climb, the mountaineer trained on smaller slopes."
"Be Prepared" is the Boy Scout Motto. When Baden-Powell was asked, "Be prepared for what?" He said "Why, for any old thing."
"Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened."
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