dead duck


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dead duck

n. Slang
One doomed to failure or to death.

dead duck

n
slang a person or thing doomed to death, failure, etc, esp because of a mistake or misjudgment

dead′ duck′


n.
a person or thing that is doomed.
[1820–30, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dead duck - something doomed to failure; "he finally admitted that the legislation was a dead duck"; "the idea of another TV channel is now a dead duck"; "as theories go, that's a dead duck"
failure - lack of success; "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"
References in classic literature ?
We wasted half an hour fussing over that dead duck down under, and now I'm expected to go rubbin' my back all round the Pole.
However, if he's asleep when somebody blows a duck call, he torpedoes out through the thatched marsh grasses of the front of the blind and enthusiastically retrieves a decoy or chain of decoys or anything else he encounters that is not a dead duck.
I walked around a little further and saw lots of debris and noticed a dead duck.
Six months ago, Larry Sabato, the esteemed University of Virginia political scientist, told reporters that Kerry was a dead duck in the state.
Chinese health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that a dead duck in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region had avian influenza, prompting a slaughter of 14,000 more ducks.
JOE CALZAGHE should make it 34 fights unbeaten in Cardiff tonight, but his bout with Miguel Jimenez is a bit of a dead duck as far as having a bet is concerned.
On the bypass, as a former leader said, "it's a dead duck.
Now Bryan wants the public to supply cash for what could be a decomposing dead duck.
Years ago, before e-colfars, Big Jim did his best Michaef Phelps impersonation and dove in after his golden retriever after the dog blew off a dead duck about 50 yards away.
I can just see the four entrepreneurs investing money in what most certainly from the very beginning would be a total dead duck.
If elected both the Tory candidate, Matt Bennett and the Labour candidate, Bob Jones, will bin the current proposals, which they have described as "a dead duck.
For there is foolishness and foolishness, but no finer foolishness than what Government and their so-called wise advisers decide, without due reference to the growing empirical research that says wind turbines are a dead duck in the long term.