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duck out

Leave hurriedly or secretly; evade responsibility. For example, If I can I'll duck out of the office early, or He simply ducked out on his entire family. This slangy expression originated in the late 1800s simply as duck, out being added about 1930.
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  • Mayo, the only sensible thing for you to do is to duck out from under.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Here are a few things you can do if you duck out of sight for a little while.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • You intended to rig a scheme so that you could duck out from under.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • "I'll duck out the back way, that's what I'll do," said Billy.

    The Mucker Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • In fact, I am going to show you how to make a duck out of it.

  • She had turned away and was watching a duck out on the lake.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • duck out past the coal shed and cut into the street by Brinberg's.

    Lonesome Land B. M. Bower
  • To be sure, she always stopped in a good place, like the edge of Cedar Swamp, where she could duck out of sight if need be.

    The Tale of Nimble Deer Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Barely did the pair have time to duck out of sight behind a boulder before he approached.

    Signal in the Dark Mildred A. Wirt
  • If Archie got the express company's money—en hit sorta looks like he did—he was smart enough to 'duck out' with hit.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney

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