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
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Despite the late journey home Dundee's interim player-coach Brent Hughes (left) is determined to break their duck and put some valuable points on the board in the Tayside clash.
OSWESTRY will be looking to break their duck in the Birmingham League when they journey to Brockhampton, writes John Bridgwater.
Airbus have never beaten the north Wales coast side in four attempts on home soil but James McIntosh had a good opportunity late on to break their duck only to head wide when well placed.
But a first-half penalty from Aaron Helliwell earned Lancaster a 1-1 draw to break their duck.
But it looked as though they might break their duck after only trailing Village Tavern 1-0 at half-time.
The Welsh side, still looking to break their duck in Europe's Premier competition, produced a spirited second-half revival.
Barry Fry's men, sinking into the relegation zone, had failed to break their duck in seven of their last eight games.
The Barnet man got his marching orders for scything down Matt Jansen but his injury-hit side held on to break their duck of never having got a point against Carlisle in seven previous league encounters.
CARLSBERG Capitals are aiming to break their duck in ice hockey's National League - at the final attempt.
Professor Peter O'Donoghue, from the University of Ulster, will travel to Limerick next week to conduct some video analysis as the Saffrons bid to break their duck after pre-Christmas defeats by Cork and Armagh.