dead duck


Definition of 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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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, "City clears dead ducks from Phoenix park after residents complain," 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,, "How Warren Buffett, who says the news business is ‘toast,’ tried to kill my first paper," 4 June 2019 Biologists had no reports last year of dead ducks, otters, raccoons or other animals that eat mussels. Tim Prudente,, "Explosion of false dark mussels revives hopes for clearer waters and concern for dogs in Anne Arundel County," 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, "Dozens of dead geese plunge from the sky into an Idaho parking lot in ‘bizarre’ case," 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, "101 Names for Southern Dogs," 20 Sep. 2016 Headley stumbled and fell making a wide turn off first and seemed like a dead duck, but when shortstop Carlos Correa threw to first, Headley scampered to second and barely beat Gurriel’s throw to Jose Altuve. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Are suddenly vulnerable Astros headed for another playoff collapse?," 18 Oct. 2017 Is New York Fashion Week, which officially begins Thursday but actually begins Wednesday (thank you, Tom Ford), a dead duck? Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Is It New York Fashion Week? Or Is It Rihanna Inc.?," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dead duck

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dead duck was in 1943

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English Language Learners Definition of dead duck

informal + humorous : a person or thing that is certain to fail, suffer, or be punished

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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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