locked and loaded

[ loktuhn loh-did ]

  1. (of a firearm) loaded with ammunition and prepared for firing: They checked their equipment and found the rifles locked and loaded.

  2. ready for action: After so much practice, her throwing arm was locked and loaded for the match.

Origin of locked and loaded

First recorded in 1790–1800 as lock and load, used in the U.S. Army's 23-5 Basic Field manual: U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 (1940), and popularized by John Wayne in the film Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

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