What is a German phrase for the English phrase 'suited and booted' meaning that someone or a group of people are prepared, have the necessary equipment, etc.

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    I've always heard "suited and booted" referred to as being dressed-up, usually for a special occasion. Are you sure that's the correct phrase?
    – Kenneth K.
    Jul 23, 2019 at 17:49
  • I am with you on that, Kenneth (+1). I have only ever heard it as dressed up, and never as the OP suggests.
    – Mawg
    Jul 24, 2019 at 7:06
  • I'm from Midlands, UK. And we use the saying to refer to all kinds of things like when someone is going camping for example and they have their tent, stove, etc. I would expect that you would've only have known of the dictionary definition but there are a few other meanings which go unheard of.
    – Intel
    Jul 24, 2019 at 9:20
  • "ready to go" is (maybe depressingly) common. Jul 24, 2019 at 11:36

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Probably the most literal translation, which also fits from the "temperature" is

gestiefelt und gespornt

(literally "booted and spurred"). This has, like the English, a military background.

  • That is exactly what immediately sprang to my mind when I read the question, before I scrolled down to the answers. Jul 25, 2019 at 10:00

You are looking for terms related to der Abmarsch.

Los, Abmarsch!

It's the departure of a larger group from one location. As soon they begin to move, it's hard to have them come to a halt again so you better be suited and booted before you do it. This is checked with the adjective abmarschbereit:

Macht euch abmarschbereit!

Alles abmarschbereit?

Wir sind abmarschbereit.

It sounds a bit militaristic, by purpose. It's the only way to tame a swarm of children.

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    The word "Abmarsch!" is better described as "Go!", not as being prepared.
    – RalfFriedl
    Jul 22, 2019 at 22:24
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    I included it to explain this complicated word abmarschbereit.
    – Janka
    Jul 23, 2019 at 6:51
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    "Klar zum Abmarsch" wäre vermutlich das 1:1 equivalent zu "suited and booted".
    – nvoigt
    Jul 24, 2019 at 9:28

xxx stehen (plural)/steht (singular) auf Abruf bereit

would be matching, but is probably a more general term, since it would also fit to the loan a bank offers to you, a rented car. It has no military background.

Gestiefelt und gespornt

would be close also mentioning boots, but could be used for persons.


Ich kenne noch

  • die Pferde sind gesattelt
  • gesattelt und gespornt
  • gesattelt und gestriegelt (die Pferde sind ~)

sowie, neben dem bereits genannten

  • abmarschbereit
  • abflugbereit
  • bereit zum Aufbruch

Man kann aber aus verschiedensten Kontexten entsprechende Redewendungen übernehmen, etwa

  • der Patient ist jetzt operationsbereit
  • der Ball liegt im Anstoßkreis
  • der Motor ist warmgelaufen
  • die Rakete wartet auf den Countdown
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    For a less militaristic touch there's also "aufbruchbereit" Jul 23, 2019 at 9:20
  • @infinitezero: Umformuliert aufgenommen. Jul 23, 2019 at 9:22

If you are looking for a phrase meaning "ready to go", another pretty common one would be

Gewehr bei Fuß stehen

The literal translation would be something like "standing with gun at hand", the phrase originates from military jargon. In civil life it is for example used in an exchange like this:

"Ich hole dich in 10 Minuten ab. Sei bitte fertig, wir haben es eilig"

"In Ordnung, ich stehe Gewehr bei Fuß"

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