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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