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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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Words nearby duck out
duckie, ducking stool, duck-legged, duckling, duck on a rock, duck out, duckpin, ducks, ducks and drakes, duck's arse, duck's ass
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How to use duck out in a sentence
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
Now, one of you boys duck out to the shaft and see that he doesn't get up.The Call of the Beaver Patrol|V. T. Sherman
Ralph took his way down Main Street, feeling, as he expressed it, a good deal like a duck out of water.Ralph Granger's Fortunes|William Perry Brown
I wouldn't leave him a chance to duck out o' this because I wouldn't tell nobody where we was goin'.Gullible's Travels, Etc.|Ring W. Lardner
"Tried to duck out the back door," the deputy explained to his brother officers.Spring Street|James H. Richardson