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dead duck

1. 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 he or she has done. When Mom finds out you snuck out of the house to meet your boyfriend, you're going to be a dead duck!
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dead duck

Fig. 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.
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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.
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dead duck

n. a person or thing doomed to failure or disaster. This whole plan was a dead duck from the beginning.
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All concerned must grasp the nettle, unthinkable as it may be, otherwise the game on both sides is a dead duck.
BRIAN SOUTER'S so-called Section 28 referendum looks like a dead duck.
George Irvine, director of programming at the Racing Channel, said: "There had been a perception that Sunday greyhound racing was a dead duck, but all three of the tracks that have appeared on the Racing Channel [the other was Nottingham] have been enthusiastic.
Of course not, because the GRRC continually prevaricate - 'we are not yet ready to enter dialogue' is their usual response or 'it's a dead duck issue'.
4) A dead duck or goose is much easier than a 250-pound buck to load into the back of a pickup truck.
Not only did it cost millions to set up, it is costing hundreds of thousands of pounds a year to persevere with what is most certainly a dead duck.
A THE garage should have compression-tested the TF's engine, which would have revealed it was a dead duck.
It is quite clear that the Stalinist approach is the one they favour - that's why we still have a West Midlands Regional Council - the idea of which is a dead duck since the Geordies in Newcastle-upon-Tyne voted and threw it out.
A DEAD duck and a sick swan found at Crosby Marina sparked Mersey-side's first bird flu alert.
TESTS were continuing today on a dead duck which sparked a bird flu scare in Birmingham.
Dozy government scientists have been forced to tell the truth after a dead duck was found to have the disease in France - just across the Channel.
The Treaty is a dead duck, and while some might find dancing with a corpse preferable to facing the truth of the matter, the majority of us can breathe a huge sigh of relief that this latest fudge never made it to the starting line.
Ladbrokes may have run a handicap book this year, offering Fallon off scratch, but remain adamant that a straight book on the title would be a dead duck.
Now introduce the shackled duck to Blackie as you introduced the dead duck and parts thereof.
It doesn't mean that as a site and as a business we are a dead duck.