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    duck against the wind

    Hello everyone
    I'd like to ask about the meaning of 'duck against the wind' in the following context:

    Cam shook his hand, then they both ducked against the wind coming off the private seaplane propellers as it scooted away from the dock, heading back out over the crystalline waters in preparation for takeoff.

    Does "ducked against the wind" mean "turned away"?


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    Re: duck against the wind

    'duck' means to lower the head or the body quickly to avoid a blow to the head. In your example, trying to avoid the blast of air from the propellors.
    It can also be used to refer to a very tall person who ducks down as he enters a low doorway, so as not to hit his head.
    Also, it can mean quickly concealing the whole of one's body behind something so as not to be seen eg The cowboy quickly ducked behind a rock to avoid being seen by the approaching Indians.

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    Re: duck against the wind

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    'duck' means to lower the head or the body quickly to avoid a blow to the head. In your example, trying to avoid the blast of air from the propellors.
    It can also be used to refer to a very tall person who ducks down as he enters a low doorway, so as not to hit his head.
    Also, it can mean quickly concealing the whole of one's body behind something so as not to be seen eg The cowboy quickly ducked behind a rock to avoid being seen by the approaching Indians.
    Thank you very much, David L.!!!

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