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One doomed to failure or to death.
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slang a person or thing doomed to death, failure, etc, esp because of a mistake or misjudgment
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a person or thing that is doomed.
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|Noun||1.||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"
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