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duck soup

slang Very easy. Oh please, I've been playing guitar for 20 years—that song is duck soup.
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duck soup

Fig. very easy; an easy thing to do. For Maria, knitting a sweater is duck soup. Jill: This jar is stuck. Could you open it for me? Jane: Sure. Duck soup.
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duck soup

An easily accomplished task or assignment, a cinch to succeed, as in Fixing this car is going to be duck soup. This expression gained currency as the title of a hilarious popular movie by the Marx Brothers (1933). The original allusion has been lost. [Early 1900s]
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duck soup

an easy task, or someone easy to overcome. North American informal
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duck soup, like

Extremely simple, easily accomplished. This American colloquialism dates from about 1910, and its origin is no longer known. It gained currency after it became the title of one of the Marx Brothers’ zaniest motion pictures (1933).
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duck soup

Easy to accomplish. The first appearance of the phrase was in a 1902 newspaper cartoon that had nothing to do with ducks. Not then and not now has anybody been able to suggest a likely derivation. If you're interested in an expression that makes sense, try the equivalent, “as easy as falling off a log.”
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Established in 1971 in Sudbury, Massachusetts as a "contemporary general store," Duck Soup is known for its proprietary coffee blends, and curated wine and cheese selections.
If we now take the two complementary yet "functionally independent" channels of communication with the audience that Phelan posits in his essay--first, "the author-narrator-audience channel identified by Chatman" and, second, the "author-character-character-audience channel" that Phelan sees as neglected by Chatman's model--we can see how both map quite well onto the mirror scene in Duck Soup. The information that is conveyed by the framing of each shot, its camera angle, pacing, and cultural contexts (more about that later), and so on, falls under the jurisdiction of the first channel.
Prime candidates include Leo McCarey (1933's "Duck Soup," the Marx Brothers' most-inspired director); Howard Hawks (1938's 'Bringing Up Baby," a screwball comedy template); and Ernest Lubitsch (1939's "Ninotchka," in which "[Greta] Gartoo Laughs").
The Warwickshire Beer Company initially brewed Duck Soup exclusively for the Students Union, and the coppercoloured brew is a real success.
Which led to a Cream of Mushroom Duck Soup, in which she purees the raw mushrooms and onions before adding the simmering broth.
Duck Soup, Chinese Style 1 stewing duck, or the feet, necks, gizzards, and hearts from 2 ducks 1/4 to 1/2 lb.
Prix Fixe, Forty Dean Street and Duck Soup represent all you will ever really need for a pre-theatre meal: French, Italian and gastro shabby chic!
The 1933 comedy Duck Soup will be shown on August 7, followed by the Greek 1960 film Mandalena on August 28.
Fix (literature and creative writing, Columbus College of Art and Design) analyzes Harpo Marx's film persona as a trickster, considering each of the Marx Brothers' films in turn: The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, Room Service, At the Circus, Go West, The Big Score, A Night in Casablanca, and Love Happy.
But Arto also researched an immense range of yogurt-infused recipes either rare or completely unknown here in Lebanon: Iranian chicken in orange yogurt sauce, Russian duck soup, Gypsy-style goulash and Thai "rama's bath" with coconut milk and soy sauce.
Roy Blount Jr., who received the 2009 Thomas Wolfe Prize and delivered that year's Thomas Wolfe Lecture at UNC, is a big fan of the Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup (1933).
Keith Merritt: Does that mean Duck Soup for everybody?
"[An] entertaining new novel--a rollicking picaresque saga that reads as though Evelyn Waugh had put the movies Roman Holiday and Duck Soup into a blender along with some old copies of People magazine and a couple of Mark Twain's travelogues, and seasoned the resulting confection with generous helpings of his own black comedy.
It is not as beloved as the first five Marx Brothers films; it isn't as funny as the funniest of these, such as the fifth, Duck Soup. It doesn't have original songs by the great Irving Berlin, as does the first, The Cocoanuts.