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duck1 British & World English

A waterbird with a broad blunt bill, short legs, webbed feet, and a waddling gait

duck2 British & World English

Lower the head or the body quickly to avoid a blow or missile or so as not to be seen

duck3 British & World English

Dear; darling (used as an informal or affectionate form of address, especially among cockneys)

duck4 British & World English

A strong linen or cotton fabric, used chiefly for work clothes and sails

duck5 British & World English

A batsman’s score of nought

duck2 English Thesaurus

the ball passed over the batsman as he ducked

cold duck British & World English

A type of sparkling wine made from red wine and champagne

dead duck British & World English

A person or thing that is defunct or has no chance of success

duck-dive British & World English

Dive head first under the water while swimming

duck hawk British & World English

The peregrine falcon

duck soup British & World English

An easy task, or someone easy to overcome

lame duck British & World English

An ineffectual or unsuccessful person or thing

musk duck British & World English

An Australian stiff-tailed duck with dark grey plumage and a musky smell, the male having a large black lobe of skin hanging below the bill

sea duck British & World English

Any of a number of ducks that frequent the sea, especially the eiders, scoters, and long-tailed duck

tree duck British & World English

Another term for whistling duck.

wild duck British & World English

Another term for mallard.

wood duck British & World English

A tree-nesting North American duck, the male of which has brightly coloured plumage

black duck British & World English

A duck with black plumage, especially the American black duck (Anas rubripes) of northeastern North America

Bombay duck British & World English

The bummalo (fish), especially when dried and eaten as an accompaniment to curries

canvas duck British & World English

A lightweight cotton or linen fabric

diving duck British & World English

A duck of a type which dives under water for food, such as the pochard, scaup, tufted duck, and goldeneye

duck mussel British & World English

A freshwater bivalve mollusc that is smaller and darker than the related swan mussel, found in rivers with sandy or gravelly beds

duck-shove British & World English

Avoid or evade (a responsibility or issue)

Peking duck British & World English

A Chinese dish consisting of strips of roast duck served with shredded vegetables and a sweet sauce

Rouen duck British & World English

A bird of a breed of large duck resembling the wild mallard in colouring

rubber duck British & World English

An inflatable flat-bottomed rubber dinghy, typically motorized

ruddy duck British & World English

A New World stiff-tailed duck with a broad bill, naturalized in Britain, the male having mainly deep red-brown plumage and white cheeks

tufted duck British & World English

A Eurasian freshwater diving duck with a drooping crest, the male having mainly black and white plumage

Carolina duck British & World English

Another term for wood duck.

dabbling duck British & World English

A freshwater duck which typically feeds in shallow water by dabbling and upending, such as the mallard, teal, and pintail

mandarin duck British & World English

A small tree-nesting East Asian duck, the male of which has showy plumage with an orange ruff and orange sail-like feathers on each side of the body

Muscovy duck British & World English

A large tropical American tree-nesting duck, having glossy greenish-black plumage in the wild but bred in a variety of colours as a domestic bird

sitting duck British & World English

A person or thing with no protection against an attack or other source of danger

steamer duck British & World English

A sturdily built greyish duck which churns the water with its wings when fleeing danger, typically flightless and native to southern South America

duck's arse British & World English

A man’s hairstyle, associated especially with the 1950s, in which the hair is slicked back on both sides and tapered at the nape

long-tailed duck British & World English

A marine diving duck that breeds in Arctic Eurasia and North America, the male having very long tail feathers and mainly white plumage in winter

whistling duck British & World English

A long-legged duck with an upright stance and a whistling call, often perching on branches

duck and dive British & World English

Use one’s ingenuity to deal with or evade a situation

duck-egg blue British & World English

A soft, turquoise-blue shade

ferruginous duck British & World English

A Eurasian diving duck related to the pochard, the male of which has mainly dark red-brown breeding plumage

break one's duck British & World English

Score the first run of one’s innings

duck-billed dinosaur British & World English

Another term for hadrosaur.

like water off a duck's back British & World English

Referring to a potentially hurtful remark which has no apparent effect on the person involved

duckpin British & World English

A short, squat bowling pin

duckbill British & World English

An animal with jaws resembling a duck’s bill, e.g. a platypus or a duck-billed dinosaur


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