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    Water of a duck's back

    Can someone please tell me some information on this Idiom. I need to know this for a class essay.

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    Re: Water of a duck's back

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    Can someone please tell me some information on this Idiom. I need to know this for a class essay.
    To add to Red's post, like water off a duck's back means without having any effect, without changing your feelings or opinion.

    ex. Whenever I give my daughter advice, it rolls off her like water off a duck's back.

    She doesn't take any advice and she could care less. Duck feathers don't take in water and so it makes no difference to the duck if he gets wet because the water runs off his feathers.

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    Re: Water of a duck's back

    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie27
    To add to Red's post, like water off a duck's back means without having any effect, without changing your feelings or opinion.

    ex. Whenever I give my daughter advice, it rolls off her like water off a duck's back.

    She doesn't take any advice and she could care less. Duck feathers don't take in water and so it makes no difference to the duck if he gets wet because the water runs off his feathers.
    No skin off her nose then.

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    Re: Water of a duck's back

    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie27
    She doesn't take any advice and she could care less.
    actually, she could NOT care less

    this is one of those expressions that native speakers often get wrong

    correct: i couldn't care less
    incorrect: i could care less

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