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sitting duck

n. Informal
An easy target or victim.

sit′ting duck′

a helpless or easy target or victim.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sitting duck - a defenseless victim
dupe, victim - a person who is tricked or swindled
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sitting duck

sitting target n (fig) → facile bersaglio


(sit) present participle sitting: past tense, past participle sat (sӕt) verb
1. to (cause to) rest on the buttocks; to (cause to) be seated. He likes sitting on the floor; They sat me in the chair and started asking questions.
2. to lie or rest; to have a certain position. The parcel is sitting on the table.
3. (with on) to be an official member of (a board, committee etc). He sat on several committees.
4. (of birds) to perch. An owl was sitting in the tree by the window.
5. to undergo (an examination).
6. to take up a position, or act as a model, in order to have one's picture painted or one's photograph taken. She is sitting for a portrait/photograph.
7. (of a committee, parliament etc) to be in session. Parliament sits from now until Christmas.
ˈsitter noun
1. a person who poses for a portrait etc.
2. a baby-sitter.
ˈsitting noun
a period of continuous action, meeting etc. I read the whole book at one sitting; The committee were prepared for a lengthy sitting.
ˈsit-in noun
an occupation of a building etc by protesters. The students staged a sit-in.
ˈsitting-room noun
a room used mainly for sitting in.
sitting target, sitting duck
someone or something that is in an obvious position to be attacked. If they're reducing staff, he's a sitting target.
sit back
to rest and take no part in an activity. He just sat back and let it all happen.
sit down
to (cause to) take a seat, take a sitting position. Let's sit down over here; He sat the child down on the floor.
sit out
1. to remain seated during a dance. Let's sit (this one) out.
2. to remain inactive and wait until the end of. They'll try to sit out the crisis.
sit tight
to keep the same position or be unwilling to move or act. The best thing to do is to sit tight and see if things improve.
sit up
1. to rise to a sitting position. Can the patient sit up?
2. to remain awake, not going to bed. I sat up until 3 a.m. waiting for you!
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Many farmers will feel like sitting targets for organised crime gangs, who, as well as stealing livestock, target quad bikes - worth thousands of pounds - plus tools and farmers' red diesel.
I seem to remember another letter some time age from Councillor Higgins, in which he maintained that those who fell in World War I died at the behest of the "officer class", ignoring or probably being unaware of the fact that thousands of officers, mainly young men, also gave their lives, often as sitting targets, at the head of their troops.
So much more can now be done to help women who otherwise are sitting targets for this cruel disease.
Uncooped, they were sitting targets for roaming intruders such as dogs, foxes and raccoons.
Donegal County Cllr Paul Canning, who has been campaigning for an end to Garda cuts, said: "Businesses and older people living alone are sitting targets for these thugs and Garda numbers need to be increased.
And they've become sitting targets for the forces of law and order.
They were given the chance to throw custard pies at their teachers, who were sitting targets, as they were immersed in a bath of mushy peas.
Taxi drivers are sitting targets for thieves, fare cheats and all manner of late-night marauding low-life.
They would be sitting targets for the enemy and put the lives of other soldiers at risk.
Most of them admit that long working hours, tight deadlines, disturbed sleep and frequent travel across different time zones make them sitting targets for heart attacks and other lifestyle diseases.
The motorist and the smoker are sitting targets for police and Government but the drinker, he's encouraged.
With men lined up on the beach and jetties waiting for boats to come and ferry them to waiting ships in deeper water, the soldiers found themselves as sitting targets for enemy planes.