ducks and drakes

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 Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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