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    Duck's idiom.

    Steven Finn out for a duck.

    I have read this in BBC, could you please tell me what does "a duck" mean here?

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    Re: Duck's idiom.

    If you are 'out for a duck' in cricket, you have scored no runs when you are dismissed. The expression was originally a duck's egg, the shape of the 0. (The word 'love' in tennis has a similar origin - it is the English mispronunciation of l'oeuf - the French for 'the egg').

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    Re: Duck's idiom.

    Diplomacy, you need to bookmark the OneLook Dictionary site.

    Most of the dictionaries listed there give that meaning of 'duck'.

    A batsman breaks his duck when he scores his first run, and this expression is also used figuratively.

    Rover

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    Re: Duck's idiom.

    But, in his/her defence, s/he may well not have known that Steve Finn was a cricketer (one who is not infrequently out for a duck - because batting's not his job [he's a bowler]); so that definition wouldn't have seemed relevant. Of course, in an ideal world the user of a dictionary should treat all meanings as possibly relevant, but without understanding the context it's hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

    b

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