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.]
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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.
always seems a similar gamble already as duck on for The Marton crawl tunnel's a dead duck - a prohibitively expensive tunnel will never resurrect it Cllr Steve Kay
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.
But he added: "It's certainly not a dead duck - it has only just started, and we have had only ten days of a year-long consultation process.
A"It's certainly not a dead duck - it has only just started and we have only had ten days of a year-long consultation process.
Calling a dead duck a dead goose pretty much leaves a dead duck with a different name.
A virus originating in the stomach of a dead duck could wipe out up to 750,000 people in Britain.
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 officials say a dead duck in Longan County in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region tested positive for the bird flu virus, according to a WHO statement.
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.
In California, the hard-core conservatives who constituted the bulk of the turnout in the state's primary reject Riordan for Bill Simon, a barely known businessman who's pro-gun, anti-choice, anti-environmental protections, and anti-electricity regulation--in short, a dead duck come November.