duck1 S3 [dʌk] n
[: Old English; Origin: duce]
a very common water bird with short legs and a wide beak, used for its meat, eggs, and soft feathers
a female duck
3.) [U]
the meat of a duck used as food
roast duck with orange sauce
4.) take to sth like a duck to water
to learn how to do something very easily
She took to dancing like a duck to water.
5.) also ducks
BrE spoken used to speak to someone, especially a woman, in a friendly way
What can I get you, ducks?
a ↑score of zero by a ↑batsman in a game of ↑cricket
→↑dead duck, lame duck,like water off a duck's back atwater1 (8), ↑ducks and drakes, sitting duck
duck 2
duck2 v
1.) also duck down [I and T]
to lower your head or body very quickly, especially to avoid being seen or hit
If she hadn't ducked, the ball would have hit her.
duck behind/under etc
Jamie saw his father coming and ducked quickly behind the wall.
Tim ducked down to comb his hair in the mirror.
She ducked her head to look more closely at the inscription.
2.) [I always + adverb/preposition]
to move somewhere very quickly, especially to avoid being seen or to get away from someone
duck into
The two men ducked into a block of flats and disappeared.
duck out of
She ducked out of the door before he could stop her.
duck back
'Wait a minute', he called, ducking back inside.
3.) [T] informal
to avoid something, especially a difficult or unpleasant duty
= ↑dodge
The ruling body wanted to duck the issue of whether players had been cheating.
Glazer ducked a question about his involvement in the bank scandal.
4.) [T]
to push someone under water for a short time as a joke
duck sb under sth
Tom grabbed him from behind to duck him under the surface.
duck out of [duck out of sth] phr v
to avoid doing something that you have to do or have promised to do
I always ducked out of history lessons at school.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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