he was primed

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Hello: in the following passage I'm not sure about the meaning of "primed":

"He came to the dirt road that veered off the highway just past the grove of cottonwoods. It was blocked, of course, but now he'd been back there, he knew the way, and he could make it quickly on foot. His heart was racing; he was primed" (they were about to kill somebody, and he wanted to avoid it)

Thank you for your help.
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