ducks and drakes


variants or duck and drake
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ducks and drakes was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Ducks and drakes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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