• To get one’s ducks in a row means to get one’s affairs in order or organised.
  • To organise yourself and your life.
  • Organising your tasks and schedule so that you are ready for the next step.

1. I look up to Aunt Sylvia, she’s got all her ducks in a row.


2. I wish the government would get their ducks in a row and finally get serious about health care in this country.


3. I’ve been so busy trying to get my ducks in a row before my backpacking trip to Europe.


4. You would think that by 40 years of age that you would have your ducks in a row. But, I guess not.

adapt, adjust, be responsible for, catalogue, classify, combine, compose, constitute, construct, coordinate, correlate, create, establish, fit, form, formulate, group, harmonise, put in order, put together, regulate, run, see to, set up, settle, shape, standardise, straighten,  straighten out, take care of

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Duck soup

  • If something is duck soup, it means it is easy to accomplish.
  • Very easy; an easy thing to do.
  • An easily accomplished task or assignment.

1. I’ve been a pilot for 25 years, flying over the Pacific Ocean is duck soup.


2. I made a maple wood coffee table from scratch and it was duck soup!


3. A: My husband and I just bought a boat but are novice sailors. Any tips?

B: Just remember your safety gear and don’t forget to shout “Jibe-ho”. And everything else is duck soup!


4. A: What inspires you to write such beautiful melodies?

B: I try to connect music to my personal life and the melodies just come to me. And then writing becomes duck soup!

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