dead duck

noun

: one that is doomed

Example Sentences

If they find out what I did, I'm a dead duck!
Recent Examples on the Web At least that’s what the locals say, though former coach Chris Petersen once claimed to have found a dead duck on the field. Berry Tramel, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2021 Brown also reached out to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, which sent biologists and took a dead duck in for testing. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, 8 Aug. 2019 Biologists with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks found dead ducks and shorebirds with broken wings, smashed skulls, internal damage and other injuries, the agency said in a statement. David Williams, CNN, 23 Aug. 2019 Serena O'Sullivan, Arizona Republic City officials have cleaned an area of a Phoenix park left littered with numerous dead ducks that were burned when a fire broke out Sunday. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, 10 July 2019 Buffett is correct in acknowledging that the traditional newspaper business model is a dead duck in the long run, as readers transition to digital news websites. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, 4 June 2019 Biologists had no reports last year of dead ducks, otters, raccoons or other animals that eat mussels. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 11 July 2018 In June 2016, a Regina, Canada, family reported finding six dead ducks following a lightning storm, reported CBC News. Don Sweeney, sacbee, 10 Apr. 2018 There's a common misconception that in the South, our dogs ride around in the backs of trucks and always have a dead duck in their mouths. Zoë Gowen, Southern Living, 20 Sep. 2016 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dead%20duck. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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