noun (plural same or ducks)
- Family Anatidae (the duck family); domesticated ducks are mainly descended from the mallard. The duck family also includes geese and swans, from which ducks are distinguished by their generally smaller size and shorter necks
- 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.
- 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.
Old English duce, from the Germanic base of duck2 (expressing the notion of 'diving bird').
get (or have) one's ducks in a row
- North American informal Get (or have) one’s facts straight; get (or have) everything organized.More example sentences
- 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.
take to something like a duck to water
- Take to something very readily: he shows every sign of taking to University politics like a duck to waterMore example sentences
- 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.
water off a duck's back
- A potentially hurtful or harmful remark or incident that has no apparent effect on the person mentioned: it was like water off a duck’s back to Nick, but I’m sure it upset PaulMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- The bell rang and I quickly ducked out of the classroom before Miss Hoover could stop me.
- He smiled at me quickly before he ducked out of the classroom.
- Maeve seemingly needed to use the bathroom, because she ducked out rather quickly.
- 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.
- 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.
noun[in singular] Back to top
- Then a quick duck brought him under the demon's arm.
Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch duiken and German tauchen 'dive, dip, plunge', also to duck1.
- More 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.
- 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.
mid 17th century: from Middle Dutch doek 'linen, linen cloth'; related to German Tuch 'cloth'.
- Their last five wickets tumbled for 22 in just under eight overs, with the final four batsmen all making ducks.
- As it happened, on the third day no such resurrection occurred and worse, he scored yet another duck.
- Ponting, so impressive in the first innings, went for a five-ball duck.
mid 19th century: short for duck's egg, used for the figure 0 because of its similar outline.