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Origin of dead duck
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Example sentences from the Web for dead duck
Then, when the second one showed up and dove in, he'd gone into a dead-duck spin.The Best Made Plans|Everett B. Cole
British Dictionary definitions for dead duck
Idioms and Phrases with dead duck
A person doomed to failure or death; a hopeless case. For example, If they can't find a heart to transplant soon, he's a dead duck. [1940s]
A useless, worthless, or outmoded person or thing. For example, They didn't interview the outgoing senator; to the press he's a dead duck. Some speculate that this slangy term comes from an old saying, “Never waste powder on a dead duck,” first recorded in 1829.