dead duck


: one that is doomed

Examples of dead duck in a Sentence

If they find out what I did, I'm a dead duck!
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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dead duck was in 1943

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“Dead duck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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