Share this entry
ducks and drakes Syllabification: ducks and drakes

Definition of ducks and drakes in English:


A game of throwing flat stones so that they skim along the surface of water.
Example sentences
  • I would be more concerned about how much longer they will have water to play ducks and drakes on.


play ducks and drakes with
Trifle with; treat frivolously.
Example sentences
  • The oil companies are playing ducks and drakes with the Department and the Minister.
  • If you find Junior playing ducks and drakes, keep your cool.
  • Instead, a writer of fiction is usually the happier for his ignorance, and better for having played ducks and drakes with his cultural opportunities.


Late 16th century: from the movement of the stone over the water.

Definition of ducks and drakes in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources