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 Paul
More 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.
Definition of water off a duck's back in:
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