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ducks and drakes

noun
  1. Also duck and drake. a pastime in which flat stones or shells are thrown across water so as to skip over the surface several times before sinking.
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Idioms
  1. play ducks and drakes with, to handle recklessly; squander: He played ducks and drakes with his fortune.Also make ducks and drakes of.
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Origin of ducks and drakes

First recorded in 1575–85; from a fancied likeness to a waterfowl's movements
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Historical Examples of ducks and drakes

  • Master Faustus, I know you for a man who plays away his money at ducks-and-drakes, and who has a loose tongue.

    Faustus

    Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger


British Dictionary definitions for ducks and drakes

ducks and drakes

noun (functioning as singular)
  1. a game in which a flat stone is bounced across the surface of water
  2. make ducks and drakes of, play ducks and drakes with or play at ducks and drakes with to use recklessly; squander or waste
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