dead duck


dead duck
noun
something doomed to failure
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he finally admitted that the legislation was a dead duck

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the idea of another TV channel is now a dead duck

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as theories go, that's a dead duck

Hypernyms: ↑failure

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noun
1. : a person or thing that has so deteriorated or depreciated as to be practically worthless
2. : one that is as good as done for

without big advertisers that magazine is a dead duck

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a person or thing that is beyond help, redemption, or hope: One more missed opportunity and this whole enterprise is a dead duck.
[1820-30, Amer.; orig., in political slang, a person who has lost influence or power and is therefore useless; perh. from the proverb "never waste powder on a dead duck"]

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dead duck noun (informal)
A plan, idea or person, etc that has no chance of success or survival
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Main Entry:dead

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dead duck UK US noun [countable] [singular dead duck plural dead ducks] informal
something that will certainly fail
Thesaurus: unsuccessful person or thingsynonym

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dead duck,
Slang. a person or thing that has become utterly played out or worthless. »

Most Chicagoans regarded the reform movement as a dead duck (Newsweek).

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n. informal
1) an unsuccessful or useless person or thing

totalitarianism is a dead duck, he says

2) a person who is beyond help; one who is doomed

if they put their finger on Billy, he's a dead duck

Origin:
from the old saying "never waste powder on a dead duck."

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noun, pl ⋯ ducks [count]
informal + humorous : a person or thing that is certain to fail, suffer, or be punished

If they find out what I did, I'm a dead duck!


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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