noun (plural same or ducks)
- 1A waterbird with a broad blunt bill, short legs, webbed feet, and a waddling gait.
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- 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.
- 1.1A duck as food: a duck for tomorrow’s dinnerMore example sentences
- 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.
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.
Old English duce, from the Germanic base of duck2 (expressing the notion of 'diving bird').
- 1 [no object] Lower the head or the body quickly to avoid a blow or so as not to be seen: spectators ducked for cover she ducked into the doorway to get out of the line of fire [with object]: he ducked his head and enteredMore example sentences
bob down, bend (down), stoop (down), crouch (down), squat (down), hunch down, hunker down; cower, cringe
- 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.
- 1.1 (duck out) Depart quickly: I thought I saw you duck outMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 [with object] Avoid (a blow) by moving down quickly: he ducked a punch from an angry first basemanMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3 [with object] • informal Evade or avoid (an unwelcome duty or undertaking): a responsibility that a less courageous man might well have ducked [no object]: I was engaged twice and ducked out both timesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [no object] Plunge one’s head or body underwater briefly: I had to keep ducking down to get my head cool
noun[in singular] Back to top
- A quick lowering of the head.More example sentences
- Then a quick duck brought him under the demon's arm.
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- ‘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.
Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch duiken and German tauchen 'dive, dip, plunge', also to duck1.
- 1A strong linen or cotton fabric, used chiefly for casual or work clothes and sails.More example sentences
- 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'.
- A batsman’s score of zero: out for a duckMore example sentences
- 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.