duck and dive

duck and dive

To use one's cleverness or resourcefulness as a way to handle a situation. Longtime politicians always seem to have a great ability to duck and dive.
See also: and, dive, duck

ducking and diving

Participating in a variety of activities, often illicit ones. I'm worried that John is ducking and diving because he's hardly ever home anymore and won't tell me what he does all day.
See also: and, dive, duck

duck and dive

use your ingenuity to deal with or evade a situation.
1998 New Scientist You don't last for over 100 million years without some capacity to duck and dive.
See also: and, dive, duck
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The five firefighters had to duck and dive for cover as they were targeted by the exploding fireworks which were landing just yards away.
I might go elsewhere in the future so I don't have to duck and dive the chorus.
I've said to all of them 'providing you don't duck or dive with me, then I'm not going to duck and dive with you.
Faced with institutional stasis, many pop culture producers prefer to duck and dive on the interstices of legality.
Sturdy inflatable and nylon barriers all feature patent-pending water filled stabilizing bases, allowing the barriers to flex and right themselves as kids duck and dive behind them.