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
See also: break, duck
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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 1.01 in-running on Betfair before being overhauled near the line.
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 promising performance in the six-furlong maiden at Goodwood yesterday.
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.
TENNIS: Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is still to break his duck on home soil after losing the Swiss Open final to Jiri Novak.
World Rally Championship leader Richard Burns is confident he can break his duck for the season - but he is happy sitting on top of the standings after the first three events of the season.
Alvin Martin celebrated his first-ever victory as a League boss but left his pal Chris Waddle still desperately seeking to break his duck.