play ducks and drakes with

play ducks and drakes with

To squander (something). "Ducks and drakes" is a game played by skipping a stone across the surface of water. Don't play ducks and drakes with this internship—it's a great opportunity, even if it doesn't pay!
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play ducks and drakes with (one)

To treat one poorly, dishonestly, or with flippant disregard. They started playing ducks and drakes with their opponents toward the end of the game. I thought that there were the makings of a serious relationship, but lately it's felt like he's just playing ducks and drakes with me.
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play ducks and drakes with

trifle with; treat frivolously.
This expression comes from the game of ducks and drakes , played by throwing a flat stone across the surface of water in such a way as to make it skim and skip before it finally sinks. The game was known by this name by the late 16th century, and it was already a metaphor for an idle or frivolous activity in the early 17th century.
See also: and, drake, duck, play
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Law minister Anisul Haq on Friday said the government would deal legally with anybody who would want to play ducks and drakes with country's hard earned democracy, reports BSS.