- a person or thing that is beyond help, redemption, or hope: One more missed opportunity and this whole enterprise is a dead duck.
Origin of dead duck
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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
- slang a person or thing doomed to death, failure, etc, esp because of a mistake or misjudgment
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.