- The characteristic harsh sound made by a duck: I heard a quack and saw some ducks huddled togetherMore example sentences
- But even from the vague hints he throws out, I think we may rest assured it will not be the last quack of a lame duck.
- This is an interesting link for anyone who was wondering about those duck quacks.
- I'm sorry to say that it's not true about the quack of a duck.
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- 1(Of a duck) make a quack: ducks quacked from the lakeMore example sentences
- Yet, in case after case, the chicken always ended up dead, while the duck went happily quacking down the river.
- We strolled up a steep street, where wild ducks quacked for food outside a shop, and into a quiet garden.
- Down near the pond, the ducks were quacking at an old couple that was throwing pieces of stale bread at them.
- 1.1 • informal (Of a person) talk loudly and foolishly: he was still quacking about vinyl’s alleged superiority to CDsMore example sentences
- Ever since Ride the Ducks came to town, I've watched those vessels drive by, its frenzied tourists quacking away.
- Some of these remedies have been closer to quack concoctions.
mid 16th century (as a verb): imitative.
- 1A person who dishonestly claims to have special knowledge and skill in some field, typically medicine: [as modifier]: a quack doctor quack curesMore example sentences
swindler, charlatan, mountebank, confidence trickster, fraud, fraudster, impostor, trickster, racketeer, hoaxer, sharper, rogue, villain, scoundrelBritish • informal twister• dated confidence man• rare defalcator
- As with most quack cure claims about ‘toxins’, the actual toxins were not named.
- An alternative medicine quack reckoned he could cure Faulkner of his twitching with a six-month course of treatment.
- But why wouldn't they believe the claims of the detox quacks?
- 1.1British • informal A doctor: he went to see the quack this morningMore example sentences
- In India, this could range from private practitioners, to hospitals, nursing homes, polyclinics, alternative medical practitioners, quacks and pharmacists.
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- The Skeptic's Dictionary is a compendium of detailed information about oft-repeated hoaxes, legends and quackery.
- Why did this quackery get so far before being exposed?
- Alarm made him listen to all manner of quackery.
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- Barrett goes on to describe the history of naturopathy and to list some of the quackish practices that have been included in naturopathy.
- Obviously, Paul, anyone stupid enough to take your quackish advice deserves their outcomes.
mid 17th century: abbreviation of earlier quacksalver, from Dutch, probably from obsolete quacken 'prattle' + salf, zalf (see salve1).