a dead duck

a dead duck

 
1. (informal) something or someone that is not successful or useful The project was a dead duck from the start due to a lack of funding. My first agent turned out to be a bit of a dead duck and he failed to find me any work.
2. (American & Australian informal) someone who is going to be punished severely for something they have done If Dad finds out you used the car, you'll be a dead duck.
See also: dead, duck
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But just when it looked like the event was a dead duck, Representative Andre Jacque (R) floated a bill to legalize non-profit duck races, potentially averting a quackdown.
If you have access to a dead duck, replace the dummy with the real thing once you've reached this stage of training.
This is a dead duck and it will never be anything else but a dead duck and no amount of ridiculous nonsense talking to bring this pool back to life will succeed.
This is what happened to your dog Had you called your dog in, tossed a dead duck and then let him search to find it once in a while, your dog would not have "extinguished" on the search.
Calling a dead duck a dead goose pretty much leaves a dead duck with a different name.
When any new development comes along in New Brighton it's a dead duck.
I walked around a little further and saw lots of debris and noticed a dead duck.
It would seem that the Americans and Australians are pushing a dead duck.
BIRD flu experts refused to examine a dead duck found in Liverpool.