break (one's) duck

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break (one's) duck

1. In cricket, to score one's first run of an inning, especially after a string of innings during which one has failed to score (one of which is known as a duck). Primarily heard in UK. Their esteemed batsman, having an unusually poor performance today, finally broke his duck midway through the match.
2. In sports, to score or accomplish something for the first time. Refers to cricket, where it means to score one's first run of an inning. Primarily heard in UK. The team's star striker broke her duck just minutes into the game.
See also: break, duck

break your duck

1 score the first run of your innings. cricket 2 make your first score or achieve a particular feat for the first time. British
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Although still a maiden, he is entered for some top races and should break his duck over a longer trip in the near future.
The Stevenage prodigy is 4-6 to break his duck after his McLaren team topped the timesheets on the final day of Bahrain testing and Hamilton was just 0.
But Hartson realises he'll need to break his duck quickly to justify Martin O'Neill's faith in him and he knows there would be no better place to do it than in the first Old Firm derby of the season.
He hasn't reproduced that level in two subsequent outings but looked unlucky not to break his duck over 2m4f on his next start at Musselburgh when he traded at 1.
For in a feat that makes a hole-in-one at golf look easy, opening batsman Lee Wood managed to knock a century while his partner at the other end was still waiting to break his duck.
But what a platform for Miller to break his duck today, eh?
HENRY CECIL has never won the toteswinger Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock, but he has a perfect opportunity to break his duck with Multidimensional.
Kevin Ryan's sprinter has been running well this season without getting his head in front but he appears to have been found the suitable opportunity to break his duck.
And though he has yet to break his duck, the son of Whittingham has shown more than enough to suggest he will be very hard to beat in this five-furlong affair.
The hosts, thumped 4-0 on Tuesday, opened the scoring after 14 minutes when ex-Arsenal midfielder Adrian Clarke converted from close range to break his duck for the season.
SOUTHEND striker Graeme Jones was relieved to break his duck with the winning goal against a poor Exeter.
TIM EASTERBY'S Bollin Eric is napped to break his duck in the European Breeders Fund Maiden Stakes at Haydock Park tonight.
It has taken him six attempts to break his duck, but trainer David Marnane has made no secret of the regard in which he holds this colt, so he is worth bearing in mind.
IN TRANSIT should be followed to break his duck at the third time of asking after a taking performance in the six-furlong maiden at Goodwood.
IN TRANSIT should be followed to break his duck at the third time of asking after a promising performance in the six-furlong maiden at Goodwood yesterday.