dead duck

noun
Updated on: 22 Apr 2018

Definition of dead duck

: one that is doomed

Examples of dead duck in a Sentence

  1. If they find out what I did, I'm a dead duck!

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First Known Use of dead duck

1943

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Definition of dead duck for English Language Learners

  • : a person or thing that is certain to fail, suffer, or be punished


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