Loaded for bear
The phrase “loaded for bear” appears in the novel I’m reading at the moment and is used in the following context: “I know next to nothing about computers but clearly Dommie is loaded for bear.” I take this to mean that Dommie is a computer wizard who’s ready for any challange, and if he were to go hunting, he would have appropriate ammunition for bears.
According to the Free Dictionary, loaded for bear means, “ready and eager to deal with something that is going to be difficult”.
What does this mean? defines this expression as, “To be full of energy. To be prepared for any eventuallity; to be over-prepared.”
The Urban Dictionary defines it as, “Carrying more equipment than necessary. Overloaded.”
I haven’t heard this phrase before and suspect it might be used mainly in American English. Is it familiar to you?