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like a dying duck in a thunderstorm

obsolete Having a look of dejection, resignation, or hopelessness. Don't sit there looking like a dying duck in a thunderstorm—we've got a game to win!
See also: duck, dying, like

like a dying duck in a thunderstorm

having a dejected or hopeless expression. informal
The miserable demeanour of ducks during thunder has been proverbial since the late 18th century.
1933 Agatha Christie Lord Edgware Dies You did look for all the world like a dying duck in a thunderstorm.
See also: duck, dying, like
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