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A dead duck nghĩa là gì

dead duck Thành ngữ, tục ngữ dead duck1. A person or thing that is useless or hopeless. That new budget bill was a dead duck before it hit the Senate. That mechanic turned out to
A dead duck nghĩa là gì

dead duck Thành ngữ, tục ngữ


dead duck1. A person or thing that is useless or hopeless. That new budget bill was a dead duck before it hit the Senate. That mechanic turned out to be a dead duck. He didn't even know how to change my oil.2. Someone who is about to be in a great deal of trouble for something they have done. When Mom finds out you snuck out of the house to meet your boyfriend, you're going to be a dead duck!See also: dead, duck

dead duckFig. someone or something that is certain to die or fail. If I fail that test, I'm a dead duck. When the outlaw drew his pistol, the sheriff knew he was a dead duck.See also: dead, duck

dead duck
1. 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]
2. 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. See also: dead, duck

a dead duck
1. If someone or something is a dead duck, they are a failure. The government is a dead duck; and the Supreme National Council does not have the means to govern. The movie's probably a dead duck.
2. Someone who is a dead duck is going to be punished severely. Hit me on the head again, and you're a dead duck.See also: dead, duck

a dead ˈduck (informal) a plan, an idea, etc. that has failed or is certain to fail and that is therefore not worth discussing: The new supermarket is going to be a dead duck; theres no demand for one in this area.See also: dead, duck

dead duck n. a person or thing doomed to failure or disaster.  This whole plan was a dead duck from the beginning. See also: dead, duck

dead duck, aA has-been or a loser. The term dates from the second half of the nineteenth century and may have been derived from lame duck. At first it denoted a person whose political influence had declined. Later it simply came to mean someone who has no hope of winning, or who has already lost. See also: deadSee also:

  • a dead duck
  • dead duck, a
  • be a dead duck
  • quick and the dead
  • quick and the dead, the
  • the quick and the dead
  • play possum
  • play possum, to
  • possum
  • dead men tell no tales

dead ducksomeone in a hopeless situation or condition He is a dead duck. When the police find him he will have to go to jail.


dead duck|dead|duckn., slang A person or thing in a hopeless situation or condition; one to whom something bad is sure to happen. When the pianist broke her arm, she was a dead duck.

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