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    A dead duck!

    What does this mean?


    A dead duck

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    Re: A dead duck!

    A type of water fowl that is no longer alive.

    How did you see it being used?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A dead duck!

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Dict.cc says the following:
    dead duck can mean:
    - something that is lost -> my car was stolen = dead duck
    - a stupid idea -> your idea makes no sense at all = dead duck
    - if someone can't do anything right -> he doesn't even know what 1 + 1 is = dead duck

    Cheers!

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    Re: A dead duck!

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    What does this mean?


    A dead duck

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    RoseSpring,


    The other posters have given you excellent answers. May I add

    mine?

    I checked my dictionaries and spoke with my brother. We think that

    we older people remember its being used more in the past than

    nowadays.

    Tom: I am very proud of myself.

    Martha: Why?

    Tom: Mr. X is a very bad manager.

    Martha: I know.

    Tom: Well, this morning, I walked into his office and told him

    that he is the worst manager I have ever had at this job.

    Martha: Oh, no! You didn't do that, did you?

    Tom: Yes, I did.

    Martha: Well, Tom, you are a dead duck!!!

    = You are doomed. There is no hope for you. The manager is

    going to dismiss you, and you will not have a job anymore.


    THANK YOU & HAVE A NICE DAY

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    Re: A dead duck!

    it is an idiomatic expression.... it expresses a common special meaning

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