Available, ready for action, as in We had ten kids on deck to clean up after the dance. [Slang; second half of 1800s]
In baseball, scheduled to bat next, waiting near home plate to bat, as in Joe was on deck next. [1860s] Both usages allude to crew members being on the deck of a ship, in readiness to perform their duties.
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Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.
It was a brick wall that we turned into the on-ramp of a highway.
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It ended on a complaint that she was 'tired rather and spending my time at full length on a deck-chair in the garden.'The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
A few moments afterward he was seen dragging his own trunk ashore, while Mr. Hitchcock finished his story on the boiler deck.
Fancy that enormous shell dropping suddenly out of the blue on to a ship's deck swarming with troops!Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
Maybe it didn't feel good to be on the hurricane deck of a good horse once more!Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
I'd much rather see what is going on than be cooped up below, and after lunch I told Bob I was going up on deck.Uncanny Tales|Various