duck out

phrasal verb

ducked out; ducking out; ducks out
informal
: to leave suddenly and usually without telling anyone that one is leaving
We ducked out after the first act of the play.
often + on or of
They ducked out on us without even saying goodbye.
I had to duck out of the meeting to take a phone call.
often used figuratively and in a sneaky or improper way
He wants to duck out of the contract.
She ducked out on paying the bill for the meal.

Examples of duck out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But instead of sticking around to see the sketches, songs, and Hollywood's it-dog, Curtis ducked out of the Dolby Theatre early and headed to In-N-Out Burger for a classic L.A. dinner. Shania Russell, EW.com, 11 Mar. 2024 Actress Jamie Lee Curtis made quick work of her Oscar duties Sunday and ducked out early to go to In-N-Out. Kinsey Crowley, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2024 Still, my warm, welcoming, Catholic school teachers never made menstruating kids feel bad about ducking out to the nurse for a pad or needing to sit out during P.E. because of cramps. Caroline Colvin, Health, 9 Mar. 2024 While the rest of the Kansas City players celebrated their 17-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens — a win that sends the Chiefs to their fourth Super Bowl in five years — the star tight end quickly dressed and ducked out of the locker room, presumably to spend time with girlfriend Taylor Swift. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 2024 The not-so-secret fact about premieres is that the actors rarely watch, usually ducking out when the lights go down. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 20 Jan. 2024 Swift ducked out of the awards show after losing her category — cinematic box office achievement — to Barbie, shortly after 10:00 p.m. EST. Lindsay Kimble, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 For Xi to be a no-show, coming on the heels of his G-20 absence and ducking out of a speech at a summit of developing nations in August, would be a poor look, said Danny Russel, a former White House Asia aide in the Obama administration. Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2023 So far, Trump's decision to duck out of the debates hasn't hurt his poll numbers. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 27 Sep. 2023

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“Duck out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duck%20out. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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