play ducks and drakes with
or make ducks and drakes of phrasal to use recklessly ; squander <
played ducks and drakes with his money
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  • play ducks and drakes with — phrasal also make ducks and drakes of : to throw away heedlessly : squander * * * I trifle with; treat frivolously II see ducks and drakes …   Useful english dictionary

  • play ducks and drakes with — waste money, squander money …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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

  • 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 — 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

  • 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

  • ducks and drakes — noun a game in which a flat stone is bounced along the surface of calm water • Hypernyms: ↑game * * * n. a game of throwing flat stones so that they skim along the surface of water play ducks and drakes with Origin: late 16th cent.: from the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ducks and drakes — I. plural noun 1. British → skipping stones. –phrase 2. make ducks and drakes of or play (at) ducks and drakes with, to handle recklessly; squander. II. plural noun Colloquial the shakes, as caused by a hangover, Parkinson s disease, etc.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • make ducks and drakes of — phrasal see play ducks and drakes with …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • make ducks and drakes of — phrasal see play ducks and drakes with …   Useful english dictionary

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