put one's affairs in order

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put one's affairs in order

  1. To prepare for the end of one's life as one has lived it.
    "What did the test say, Doc?" / "I think it's time for you to be putting your affairs in order."
    The judge gave him ten days to put his affairs in order before beginning his sentence.

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  • Sometimes used as a euphemistic warning about the future.

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