Under starter's orders 待发起跑令

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Image caption A man preparing to take part in a running race. Photo by istock


在體育比賽裏經常會聽到 to be under starter's orders 這個短語,意思是待發起跑令。


The athletes have been waiting for this moment for years. They're under starter's orders. And they're off!

It was only a second or two but the runners seemed to be under starter's orders for hours before the pistol was fired.


Under arms 意思是出於備戰狀態中,隨時凖備作戰。

Example: The rebels were under arms and an attack was just a matter of time.