To make ducks and drakes
Duck Duck, n. [OE. duke, doke. See {Duck}, v. t. ] 1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily {Anatin[ae]}, family {Anatid[ae]}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The genera and species are numerous. They are divided into {river ducks} and {sea ducks}. Among the former are the common domestic duck ({Anas boschas}); the wood duck ({Aix sponsa}); the beautiful mandarin duck of China ({Dendronessa galeriliculata}); the Muscovy duck, originally of South America ({Cairina moschata}). Among the sea ducks are the eider, canvasback, scoter, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the person, resembling the motion of a duck in water. [1913 Webster]

Here be, without duck or nod, Other trippings to be trod. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Bombay duck} (Zo["o]l.), a fish. See {Bummalo}.

{Buffel duck}, {Spirit duck}. See {Buffel duck}.

{Duck ant} (Zo["o]l.), a species of white ant in Jamaica which builds large nests in trees.

{Duck barnacle}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Goose barnacle}.

{Duck hawk}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) In the United States: The peregrine falcon. (b) In England: The marsh harrier or moor buzzard.

{Duck mole} (Zo["o]l.), a small aquatic mammal of Australia, having webbed feet and a bill resembling that of a duck ({Ornithorhynchus anatinus}). It belongs the subclass Monotremata and is remarkable for laying eggs like a bird or reptile; -- called also {duckbill}, {platypus}, {mallangong}, {mullingong}, {tambreet}, and {water mole}.

{To make ducks and drakes}, to throw a flat stone obliquely, so as to make it rebound repeatedly from the surface of the water, raising a succession of jets; hence:

{To play at ducks and drakes}, with property, to throw it away heedlessly or squander it foolishly and unprofitably.

{Lame duck}. See under {Lame}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ducks and drakes — noun a) A pastime of throwing flat stones across water so as to make them bounce off the surface. A kind of sport or play with an oister shell or stone throwne into the water, and making circles yer it sinke, etc. It is called a ducke and a drake …   Wiktionary

  • To play at ducks and drakes — Duck Duck, n. [OE. duke, doke. See {Duck}, v. t. ] 1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily {Anatin[ae]}, family {Anatid[ae]}. [1913 Webster] Note: The genera and species are numerous. They are divided into {river ducks} and {sea ducks}. Among the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ducks and drakes — n. the game of throwing a small, flat stone so that it will skim or skip along the surface of water make ducks and drakes of to deal with recklessly or squander: also play ducks and drakes with …   English World dictionary

  • ducks and drakes — 1. Also, duck and drake. a pastime in which flat stones or shells are thrown across water so as to skip over the surface several times before sinking. 2. play ducks and drakes with, to handle recklessly; squander: He played ducks and drakes with… …   Universalium

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  • play ducks and drakes — ▪ To make flat stones skip on the surface of water ▪ To use recklessly ▪ To squander, waste (with of or with) ● duck …   Useful english dictionary

  • river ducks — Duck Duck, n. [OE. duke, doke. See {Duck}, v. t. ] 1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily {Anatin[ae]}, family {Anatid[ae]}. [1913 Webster] Note: The genera and species are numerous. They are divided into {river ducks} and {sea ducks}. Among the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea ducks — Duck Duck, n. [OE. duke, doke. See {Duck}, v. t. ] 1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily {Anatin[ae]}, family {Anatid[ae]}. [1913 Webster] Note: The genera and species are numerous. They are divided into {river ducks} and {sea ducks}. Among the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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