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  1. bva
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    what's the meaning of....

    These are sentences I read in a recent Guardian article:

    “ I realise she's breaking her duck. This is her first time..
    For nearly half a century she's kept quiet. Now she's let the dogs out.”

    What’s the meaning of “break your duck” and “let the dogs out”

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    Re: what's the meaning of....

    break your duck = do something for the first time
    let the dogs out = when you let the dogs out, things get very excited and chaotic

  2. bva
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    Re: what's the meaning of....

    thanks a lot. I can understand the origin of "let the dogs out" but how did "break your duck" originate? Do you know?

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    Re: what's the meaning of....

    Break your duck- comes from cricket- when you score your first run (point), you break your duck. If you fail to score, you are out for a duck.
    Let the dogs out- I presume from hunting or something, where they have packs of dogs.

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