sitting duck

noun

Definition of sitting duck

: an easy or defenseless target

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The tourists were sitting ducks for local thieves. those stupid comments just made him a sitting duck for comedians
Recent Examples on the Web If something has gone wrong within that process, the antennas are sitting ducks. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Has Lost Contact With Its Ambitious CubeSat Asteria," 6 Jan. 2020 Beyond that, Trump was a dangerous and greedy Washington neophyte, whose imbecility made him a sitting duck for political vultures like Russia, which identified him immediately as someone who might easily be manipulated. Dahleen Glanton, Twin Cities, "Dahleen Glanton: Republicans are right. Democrats wanted to impeach Donald Trump from the start.," 18 Dec. 2019 At Tiananmen, the protesters were gathered in a large public square like sitting ducks where they could be easily mowed down. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: Trump has the upper hand in Hong Kong, not China," 16 Aug. 2019 Analysts say that makes cryptocurrency exchanges like sitting ducks. Steven Russolillo And Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Cryptocurrency Exchanges Are Getting Hacked Because It’s Easy," 16 July 2018 Manning’s first two throws—a low fastball to Cody Latimer and a dump off to Bennie Fowler, who was a sitting duck for a charging Preston Brown—were bad. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Cam Newton’s Foot Injury, a Shortened Field in Canada and More: NFL Preseason Week 3," 23 Aug. 2019 Experts worry that many local governments are sitting ducks; municipalities often lack the funding to keep their security systems up to date. Slade Rand, courant.com, "With ransomware attacks spiking across the country, one Connecticut town plans to pay hackers $10K to get its data back," 31 Aug. 2019 Sometimes that made him a bit of a sitting duck when opponents went looking for retaliation after a questionable play. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 83, Zuck Carlson," 15 June 2019 Now, Shelton feared, all those satellites overhead had become so many huge, unarmored, billion-dollar sitting ducks. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of sitting duck

1942, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2020

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“Sitting duck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sitting%20duck. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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sitting duck

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sitting duck

: a person or thing that is easy to hit, attack, trick, etc.

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