milking a duck

milking a duck

An impossible task. Used in comparisons to tasks or activities that are or seem to be impossible. Trying to get a straight answer out of this candidate is proving harder than milking a duck.
See also: duck, milk
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

milk

1. tv. to attempt to persuade an audience to laugh or applaud. She went on milking the crowd for adulation long after they had demonstrated their appreciation.
2. tv. to attempt to get recognition from an audience. His performance was marred by an amateurish attempt to milk applause.

milk a duck

tv. to do [or not do] something totally impossible. She can’t do that. That’s harder than milking a duck.
See also: duck, milk
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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