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1    the act or process of preparing  
2    the state of being prepared; readiness  
3    often pl   a measure done in order to prepare for something; provision  
to make preparations for something     
4    something that is prepared, esp. a medicine  
5      (esp. in a boarding school)  
a    homework  
b    the period reserved for this,   (Usually shortened to)    prep  
6      (Music)  
a    the anticipation of a dissonance so that the note producing it in one chord is first heard in the preceding chord as a consonance  
b    a note so employed  
7    often cap   the preliminary prayers at Mass or divine service  
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1    development, getting ready, groundwork, preparing, putting in order  
2    alertness, anticipation, expectation, foresight, precaution, preparedness, provision, readiness, safeguard  
3      (often plural)    arrangement, measure, plan, provision  
4    composition, compound, concoction, medicine, mixture, tincture  
5    homework, prep     (informal)   revision, schoolwork, study, swotting     (Brit. informal)  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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1. to stop using an addictive substance abruptly and completely. 2. to undergo sudden and complete withdrawal from a habitual activity or behavior pattern. 3. to begin or do something without planning, preparation, or practice.
without any hesitation, delay or preparation ; instantly ; at the slightest signal/urging/pretext/provocation
Note: Probably alludes to the late 19th century common practice of signaling the start of a race or other contest by either dropping a hat or sweeping it in a rapid downward motion. Ex.: Call Mike if you need help; he can come at the drop of a hat / He was known for his generosity and kindness but when things were going wrong at work, he could turn nasty at the drop of a hat
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