sitting duck


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sitting duck

n. Informal
An easy target or victim.
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sit′ting duck′


n.
a helpless or easy target or victim.
[1940–45]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sitting duck - a defenseless victim
dupe, victim - a person who is tricked or swindled
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Translations
هَدَف بارِز
auîvelt skotmark
ľahký terč

sitting duck

sitting target n (fig) → facile bersaglio
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

sit

(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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A TEENAGER would be a "sitting duck" for paramilitaries if bailed to his home address, a court heard yesterday.
vvFort Del Oro was backed down to 1.42 on Betfair when hitting the front in the 6f Listed contest at York, but he was a sitting duck for the confidently ridden Lucky Kristale, who got up in plenty of time under Jamie Spencer, the jockey making it 6-22 when riding for George Margarson in the last five seasons.
PC Rathband, 44, said he was a "sitting duck" for Moat, 37, as officers were not warned of his threats to kill them quickly enough.
The winner looked a sitting duck for Flash City (hit 1.52) and See Vermont (1.25) but held on well after hitting 48.
?Mark Johnston's Ravenhoe won the Brocklesby at Doncaster but the 7-2 shot looked a sitting duck when First Bombardment came upsides inside the final furlong.
BERAM KAYAL this morning is a sitting duck for fans raging over his boast that Celtic are the best in Scotland.
The winner had led for most of the way despite a couple of indifferent jumps, but was a sitting duck for well-backed local runner The Society Man turning into the straight.
BERAM KAYAL is a sitting duck for fans raging over his boast that Celtic are the best in Scotland.
She was soon a sitting duck for the winner, who went on to score comfortably by three lengths and richly rewarded the backers who got on at the in-running high of 210.
However, he always looked like a sitting duck for the strong-running winner, who got up to score by a head in a quick 28.88sec.
A woman we'll just call Pat describes herself as a sitting duck, suffering from clinical depression when cold-called by Paramount Land UK, "a leading name in investment-grade land for sale", according to its website.
Captain Dunne, having burned off fellow pacesetter Glamorous Spirit, hit 1.16 in the straight, but was a sitting duck close home and was nabbed on the line by Blue Jack, who touched 210.