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1. Any of various wild or domesticated waterbirds of the family Anatidae, characteristically having a broad flat bill, short legs, and webbed feet.
2. A female duck.
3. The flesh of a duck used as food.
4. Slang A person, especially one thought of as peculiar.
5. often ducks(used with a sing. verb) Chiefly British A dear.
[Middle English doke, from Old English dūce, possibly from *dūcan, to dive; see duck2.]
v. ducked, duck·ing, ducks
1. To lower quickly, especially so as to avoid something: ducked his head as the ball came toward him.
2. To evade; dodge: duck responsibility; ducked the reporter's question.
3. To push (a person, for example) suddenly under water.
4. In bridge, to deliberately play a card that is lower than (an opponent's card).
1. To lower the head or body.
2. To move swiftly, especially so as to escape being seen: ducked behind a bush.
3. To submerge the head or body briefly in water.
4. To evade a responsibility or obligation. Often used with out: duck out on one's family.
5. In bridge, to lose a trick by deliberately playing lower than one's opponent.
1. A quick lowering of the head or body.
2. A plunge under water.
[Middle English douken, to dive, possibly from Old English *dūcan; akin to Middle Low German and Middle Dutch dūken.]
1. A durable, closely woven heavy cotton or linen fabric.
2. ducks Clothing made of duck, especially white pants.
[Dutch doek, cloth, from Middle Dutch doec.]
1. An amphibious military truck used during World War II.
2. A similar vehicle used for civilian purposes, as to evacuate flood victims or for sightseeing tours. In both senses also called DUKW.
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1. an instance of being submerged under water
2. (Hunting) the hunting of wild ducks
3. ducking and diving ducking and weaving evasiveness
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|Noun||1.||ducking - hunting ducks|
|2.||ducking - the act of wetting something by submerging it|
wetting - the act of making something wet
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n (in water) → Untertauchen nt, → Tauchen nt; to give somebody a ducking → jdn untertauchen or tunken
ducking and diving
n Sitz auf einem Balken, mit dem Übeltäter zur Strafe ins Wasser getaucht wurden
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
ducking[ˈdʌkɪŋ] n to give sb a ducking → spingere qn sott'acqua (per gioco)
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