dead duck


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dead duck

n. Slang
One doomed to failure or to death.
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dead duck

n
slang a person or thing doomed to death, failure, etc, esp because of a mistake or misjudgment
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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"
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Marton crawl dead duck - a expensive will never resurrect it.
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I think closer truth is that it is dead duck government.
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