sitting duck

noun

Definition of sitting duck

: an easy or defenseless target

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Examples of sitting duck in a Sentence

The tourists were sitting ducks for local thieves. those stupid comments just made him a sitting duck for comedians
Recent Examples on the Web The uncertainty of being a sitting duck and all that pressure. Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 21 Jan. 2022 Despite all the progress made this year with the rollout of highly-effective mRNA vaccines and the availability of boosters, Georgia will be a sitting duck in another winter wave because almost half of the state hasn’t even taken their first shots. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, 25 Dec. 2021 With only 53% of the state’s population fully vaccinated, that makes Georgia a sitting duck for another wave that could overwhelm hospitals again, experts say. Willoughby Mariano, ajc, 21 Dec. 2021 Felling that Rhodes, up there on his plinth like a sitting duck, was a fairly simple process, technically speaking. Hedley Twidle, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 If Bridgewater is a sitting duck because of the injuries, the Broncos will have to pull him. cleveland, 21 Oct. 2021 And as time passed, LinkedIn went from pioneer to sitting duck, stuck between Beijing and Washington as the two superpowers clashed over national security and free speech. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 15 Oct. 2021 The Browns know Kirk Cousins (8 TDs, 0 INTs) won’t be a sitting duck as Fields was. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 1 Oct. 2021 If this promo exchange turns into a shoot-style like Ruby and Britt Baker, Charlotte Flair is a sitting duck for obvious reasons. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sitting duck

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sitting duck was in 1942

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sitting down

sitting duck

sitting height

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“Sitting duck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sitting%20duck. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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