What Does ON DECK Mean?

ON DECK means "Ready."

The phrase ON DECK is widely used, especially in the US, with the meaning "ready." For example:
  • Jo: The first act is on at 8 o'clock.
  • Sam: Make sure everyone is ON DECK by 7:45 p.m. We don't want to miss the start.
ON DECK probably originated in baseball, where it is used to refer to the zone in which the batter who is next-up to bat waits for their turn.

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meaning of ON DECK


Summary of Key Points

"Ready" is the most common definition for ON DECK on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

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Adults and Teenagers

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