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Saltos de línea: duck

sustantivo (plural igual or ducks)

1A waterbird with a broad blunt bill, short legs, webbed feet, and a waddling gait.
Example sentences
  • The rear feet of the beaver are large and webbed like a duck's feet, to give the animal good swimming ability.
  • Wetlands are a lure for geese, swans, ducks, egrets, storks, herons and the icon of the Camargue, the pink flamingo.
  • Then Nikolai noticed the heron and the duck waddling up the hill behind Dmitri.
1.1A female duck. Contrasted with drake1.
Example sentences
  • The other day while walking along the footpath opposite the park I noticed seven or eight drakes surrounding a female duck and her ten ducklings.
  • The female shows the same silhouette but is a brown duck whose crest is often obscured.
1.2A duck as food: [mass noun]: a tangy stew of duck, lamb, and sausage
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • From a nutritional perspective, the duck, cucumber, spring onion and pancakes make a reasonably well-balanced meal.
  • In a heavy, flameproof casserole, cook the sausages and duck in the olive oil until their fat runs and the sausages and duck are golden on all sides.
  • Cook the duck until tender, then add the potatoes and onion.
2A pure white thin-shelled bivalve mollusc found off the Atlantic coasts of America.
  • Genus Anatina, family Mactridae
3 (also duck boat) An amphibious transport vehicle: visitors can board an amphibious duck to explore the city
[respelling of DUKW]
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • The ducks are second world war US-built amphibious vehicles and make a fun change from the traditional open-top bus tour.

Origen

Old English duce, from the Germanic base of duck2 (expressing the notion of 'diving bird').

More
  • The name of the waterfowl, and duck meaning ‘to lower the head and body quickly’ go back to the same ancient root. The earliest sense of the latter was ‘to suddenly go underwater and emerge, to dive’, which connects directly with the behaviour of ducks—a duck is a bird that ‘ducks’ underwater. Stock exchange traders in the mid 18th century originally used the expression lame duck to describe a person or company unable to pay their debts. The idea behind it may be that a lame duck could easily fall victim to a hunter or predator: in the case of a debtor, he would be at the mercy of his creditors. Since the 19th century lame duck has also described a politician or government in their final period of office, after their successor has been elected. In cricket a duck is a batsman's score of nought. This is short for duck's egg, used for the figure 0 because of its similar outline. To break your duck is to score the first run of your innings. See also goose, love

Frases

get (or have) one's ducks in a row

1
North American informal Get (or have) one’s facts straight; get (or have) everything organized: I want to have my ducks in a row before I go in there and confront them
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • If you are trying to get 100 musicians to play your symphony, you had better have your ducks in a row before you walk into the hall with an armload of scores.
  • ‘You can't get a public fund-raising campaign going if you don't have your ducks in a row,’ he says.
  • The other board members pay attention if I present my case forcefully, and I can be enough of a pain that they make sure they have their ducks in a row before bringing up any new spending increase.

like water off a duck's back

2
Referring to a potentially hurtful remark which has no apparent effect on the person involved: it was like water off a duck’s back to Nick, but I’m sure it upset Paul
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Whenever other people came under fire, they tried to deflect it elsewhere, but it's water off a duck's back.
  • We are used to getting flak from the public over the vehicles we book, so it is water off a duck's back to us.
  • However, if the intention was to shame him then it failed because my friend told me it seemed to run off him like water off a duck's back.

take to something like a duck to water

3
Take to something very readily: he shows every sign of taking to University politics like a duck to water
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • I took to the video recorder like a duck to water.
  • Helen took to the dance routine like a duck to water.
  • She not only took to it like a duck to water but she went on to become one of the foremost wine professionals in the country.

Words that rhyme with duck

buck, Canuck, chuck, cluck, cruck, fuck, luck, muck, pluck, puck, ruck, schmuck, shuck, struck, stuck, suck, truck, tuck, upchuck, yuck

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1 [no object] Lower the head or the body quickly to avoid a blow or missile or so as not to be seen: spectators ducked for cover [with object]: he ducked his head and entered
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Droplets of rain had already fallen, and he quickly ducked into his car to avoid being drenched by the rain.
  • He quickly ducked into the building and ran for the nearest lift.
  • Avoiding the rain he ducked into a nearby building and fled downstairs to take a covered shortcut to his work area.
Sinónimos
cower, cringe, shrink, huddle
North American informal scooch
1.1 [with object] Avoid (a blow or missile) by moving quickly: he ducked a punch from an angry first baseman
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Cyrus ducked the blow and landed another punch to James' stomach, knocking the wind from him and sending him to the ground again.
  • He ducked the blow and countered it, his own fist connecting with my jaw and his knee finding its way to my stomach.
  • But he ducked the blow and darted his head back up colliding with Kung's chin.
1.2 [with object] informal Evade or avoid (an unwelcome duty or undertaking): a responsibility which a less courageous man might well have ducked [no object]: I was engaged twice and ducked out both times
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Whatever else that is, it's hardly ducking responsibility.
  • Is the closure of Internet chat rooms more about ducking responsibility than child safety?
  • And none of this is meant to suggest that the editorial page editor can use the policy to duck responsibility for inaccuracies on the page.
Sinónimos
shirk, dodge, evade, avoid, steer clear of, run away from, elude, escape, find a way out of, back out of, pull out of, shun, eschew, miss;
sidestep, bypass, skirt round, circumvent, give a wide berth to, find a way round, turn one's back on
informal cop out of, get out of, wriggle out of, worm one's way out of
British informal skive, skive off, funk
North American informal cut
Australian/New Zealand informal duck-shove
archaic decline, bilk
2 [with object] Push or plunge (someone) under water, either playfully or as a punishment: Rufus grabbed him from behind to duck him under the surface
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • It is no more a proper trial than ducking witches used to be.
  • Offenders could be ducked in water.
  • Players, including William, were ducked under the water and roughly tackled by the opposing side.
Sinónimos
dip, dunk, plunge, immerse, submerge, lower, sink
3 [no object] Bridge Refrain from playing a winning card on a particular trick for tactical reasons: declarer ducked the opening spade lead

sustantivo

[in singular] Volver al principio  
A quick lowering of the head.
Example sentences
  • Then a quick duck brought him under the demon's arm.

Origen

Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch duiken and German tauchen 'dive, dip, plunge', also to duck1.

More
  • The name of the waterfowl, and duck meaning ‘to lower the head and body quickly’ go back to the same ancient root. The earliest sense of the latter was ‘to suddenly go underwater and emerge, to dive’, which connects directly with the behaviour of ducks—a duck is a bird that ‘ducks’ underwater. Stock exchange traders in the mid 18th century originally used the expression lame duck to describe a person or company unable to pay their debts. The idea behind it may be that a lame duck could easily fall victim to a hunter or predator: in the case of a debtor, he would be at the mercy of his creditors. Since the 19th century lame duck has also described a politician or government in their final period of office, after their successor has been elected. In cricket a duck is a batsman's score of nought. This is short for duck's egg, used for the figure 0 because of its similar outline. To break your duck is to score the first run of your innings. See also goose, love

Frases

duck and dive

1
British Use one’s ingenuity to deal with or evade a situation: she was all for a bit of ducking and diving, that’s how everyone lived
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • It mostly seeks to duck and dive to avoid taking responsibility for the crass way this country is now managed on our behalf.
  • Take a bit of a chance here and duck and dive a bit there.
  • You see, he may duck and dive, but he cannot escape the fact that the defendants have failed to prove in any shape or form that he acted improperly, or tried to act improperly, in any game.

Derivados

ducker

1
sustantivo
Example sentences
  • ‘He may well have been a ducker and diver,’ Adams wrote, ‘a loveable rogue or whatever, but to me he was a football man who knew his job in depth.’
  • A ducker and diver, Milutinovic has not always been able to ride above the waves.
  • My character is a bit of a ducker and diver, but he'd never wish to cause any harm.

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(also ducks)

sustantivo

British informal
Dear; darling (used as an informal or affectionate form of address, especially among cockneys): it’s time you changed, my duck where’ve yer been, ducks!

Origen

late 16th century: from duck1.

More
  • The name of the waterfowl, and duck meaning ‘to lower the head and body quickly’ go back to the same ancient root. The earliest sense of the latter was ‘to suddenly go underwater and emerge, to dive’, which connects directly with the behaviour of ducks—a duck is a bird that ‘ducks’ underwater. Stock exchange traders in the mid 18th century originally used the expression lame duck to describe a person or company unable to pay their debts. The idea behind it may be that a lame duck could easily fall victim to a hunter or predator: in the case of a debtor, he would be at the mercy of his creditors. Since the 19th century lame duck has also described a politician or government in their final period of office, after their successor has been elected. In cricket a duck is a batsman's score of nought. This is short for duck's egg, used for the figure 0 because of its similar outline. To break your duck is to score the first run of your innings. See also goose, love

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[mass noun]
1A strong linen or cotton fabric, used chiefly for work clothes and sails: cotton duck
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • If stripes aren't your style, experiment with other casual fabrics, such as cotton duck, denim, and corduroy.
  • Cut the diaper cover pieces from the yellow cotton duck or broadcloth according to the pattern guidesheet.
  • I am interested in dyeing 35 yards of cotton duck for slipcovers for a sofa.
1.1 (ducks) Trousers made of duck.

Origen

mid 17th century: from Middle Dutch doek 'linen, linen cloth'; related to German Tuch 'cloth'.

More
  • The name of the waterfowl, and duck meaning ‘to lower the head and body quickly’ go back to the same ancient root. The earliest sense of the latter was ‘to suddenly go underwater and emerge, to dive’, which connects directly with the behaviour of ducks—a duck is a bird that ‘ducks’ underwater. Stock exchange traders in the mid 18th century originally used the expression lame duck to describe a person or company unable to pay their debts. The idea behind it may be that a lame duck could easily fall victim to a hunter or predator: in the case of a debtor, he would be at the mercy of his creditors. Since the 19th century lame duck has also described a politician or government in their final period of office, after their successor has been elected. In cricket a duck is a batsman's score of nought. This is short for duck's egg, used for the figure 0 because of its similar outline. To break your duck is to score the first run of your innings. See also goose, love

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sustantivo

Cricket
A batsman’s score of nought: he was out for a duck
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Stillington made major inroads into Harrogate's batting as they dismissed three home batsmen for ducks.
  • I remember that Gundappa Viswanath scored a duck and a century on his Test debut - has anyone else done this?
  • Laker's tally of eight ducks inflicted in that famous match against Australia at Old Trafford in 1956 is the record for a single Test.

Origen

mid 19th century: short for duck's egg, used for the figure 0 because of its similar outline.

More
  • The name of the waterfowl, and duck meaning ‘to lower the head and body quickly’ go back to the same ancient root. The earliest sense of the latter was ‘to suddenly go underwater and emerge, to dive’, which connects directly with the behaviour of ducks—a duck is a bird that ‘ducks’ underwater. Stock exchange traders in the mid 18th century originally used the expression lame duck to describe a person or company unable to pay their debts. The idea behind it may be that a lame duck could easily fall victim to a hunter or predator: in the case of a debtor, he would be at the mercy of his creditors. Since the 19th century lame duck has also described a politician or government in their final period of office, after their successor has been elected. In cricket a duck is a batsman's score of nought. This is short for duck's egg, used for the figure 0 because of its similar outline. To break your duck is to score the first run of your innings. See also goose, love

Frases

break one's duck

1
Cricket Score the first run of one’s innings.
Example sentences
  • In October 2004 they came within one wicket of their inaugural Test victory, against Pakistan at Multan, and earlier this year they finally broke their duck by seeing off their fellow minnows, Zimbabwe, in a two-Test home series.
  • The bloodlust was almost satisfied as the Tasmanian tried to break his duck with a risky run to cover, where Kevin Pietersen pounced and threw and missed the stumps by the length of a rat's tail.
  • He really broke his duck last Sunday, though, a little lucky to survive a run-out chance on his way to 114.
British 1.1 Make one’s first score or achieve a particular feat for the first time: it was not until injury time that the Dark Blues broke their duck
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • On the other flank, former Halifax winger Oli Marns broke his duck in his seventh game and went on to claim a hat-trick.
  • The 3-1 victory at Lancaster City on Tuesday broke their duck in terms of both goals and points this year.
  • In the midweek game between Tottenham and Manchester City the young Portuguese front man Postiga finally broke his duck and netted his first goal for the club, he then ran to the stand of Spurs fans and threw his shirt into the crowd.

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