ducks and drakes

noun
variants: or duck and drake

Definition of ducks and drakes

: the pastime of skimming flat stones or shells along the surface of calm water
play ducks and drakes with or make ducks and drakes of
: to use recklessly : squander played ducks and drakes with his money

First Known Use of ducks and drakes

1583, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ducks and drakes was in 1583

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“Ducks and drakes.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ducks%20and%20drakes. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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