sitting duck
noun Date: 1942 an easy or defenseless target for attack or criticism or unscrupulous dealings

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • sitting duck — sitting ducks N COUNT If you say that someone is a sitting duck, you mean that they are easy to attack, cheat, or take advantage of. [INFORMAL] Nancy knew she d be a sitting duck when she raised the trap door. Syn: sitting target …   English dictionary

  • sitting duck — A sitting duck is something or someone that is easy to criticise or target …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • sitting duck — also .sitting target n someone who is easy to attack or easy to cheat ▪ Out in the open, the soldiers were sitting ducks for enemy fire …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sitting duck — noun count someone who is in a position in which it is easy for people to trick or attack them: The elderly are often sitting ducks for shady financial deals …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sitting duck — ► NOUN informal ▪ a person or thing with no protection against attack …   English terms dictionary

  • sitting duck — ☆ sitting duck n. Informal a person or thing especially vulnerable to attack; easy target …   English World dictionary

  • sitting duck —    A sitting duck is something or someone that is easy to criticise or target.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    To refer to someone as a sitting duck means that they are an easy target to criticize, attack, etc.     The young actress was a …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • sitting duck — noun a defenseless victim • Syn: ↑easy mark • Hypernyms: ↑victim, ↑dupe * * * noun, pl ⋯ ducks [count] : a person or thing that is easy to hit, attack, trick, etc …   Useful english dictionary

  • sitting duck — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms sitting duck : singular sitting duck plural sitting ducks someone who is in a position in which it is easy for people to trick or attack them The elderly are often sitting ducks for shady financial deals …   English dictionary

  • sitting duck — n. easy target a sitting duck for * * * [ˌsɪtɪŋ dʌk] [ easy target ] a sitting duck for …   Combinatory dictionary

  • sitting duck — n. someone who waits unsuspectingly for doom or destiny; an easy target for something bad. □ Get out of the way! You’re a sitting duck. □ The guy was a sitting duck for a mugging …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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