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if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it is a duck

If something has all the characteristics of a thing, it is probably that thing, regardless of what it is called or presented as. There are many variations of the expression, and it is often shortened to the first part of the phrase. They say it's not a tax, but if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it is a duck.
See also: and, duck, if, like, look, walk

quack

n. a fraudulent physician; a derogatory term for a physician. I won’t go back to that quack ever again!
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Information from Daisy quacking in the echoless anechoic chamber was used to produce a computer model of what she would sound like flying past a cliff face.
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As the call of "Jama-QuackQuack-Quack" fills the air, they will be led to their freedom one by one until, alas, the last lonely bird, bent over holding its ankles with eyes closed, moves to the rear quacking and is led by the sweet song of jama-quackery to safety.
They're always quacking," I said, putting a finger on the story I was reading so I wouldn't lose my place.
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