sitting duck

noun
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of sitting duck

: an easy or defenseless target

Examples of sitting duck in a Sentence

  1. The tourists were sitting ducks for local thieves.

  2. those stupid comments just made him a sitting duck for comedians

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First Known Use of sitting duck

1942

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SITTING DUCK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of sitting duck for English Language Learners

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



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