dead duck
noun Date: 1943 one that is doomed

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • dead duck — n a dead duck informal a plan, idea etc that is not worth considering because it is very likely to fail ▪ He admitted that the whole project was a dead duck …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dead duck — dead ducks N COUNT (emphasis) If you describe someone or something as a dead duck, you are emphasizing that you think they have absolutely no chance of succeeding. [INFORMAL] The government is a dead duck. Syn: no hoper …   English dictionary

  • dead duck — noun count INFORMAL 1. ) HUMOROUS someone who will be punished severely: If she ever finds out about this, I m a dead duck! 2. ) something that will certainly fail …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dead duck — Someone or something is bound to fail or die is a dead duck …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • dead duck — ► NOUN informal ▪ an unsuccessful or useless person or thing. ORIGIN from the old saying ‘never waste powder on a dead duck’ …   English terms dictionary

  • dead duck — ☆ dead duck or dead pigeon n. Slang a person or thing that is ruined or certain to suffer ruin, failure, or death; goner …   English World dictionary

  • dead duck — dead′ duck′ n. cvb a person or thing that is doomed • Etymology: 1820–30, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • dead duck — noun 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 • Hypernyms: ↑failure * * * noun 1. : a person or thing that has so… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dead duck — {n.}, {slang} A person or thing in a hopeless situation or condition; one to whom something bad is sure to happen. * /When the pianist broke her arm, she was a dead duck./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dead duck — {n.}, {slang} A person or thing in a hopeless situation or condition; one to whom something bad is sure to happen. * /When the pianist broke her arm, she was a dead duck./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dead duck — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms dead duck : singular dead duck plural dead ducks informal something that will certainly fail …   English dictionary

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