What does dead duck mean?


Idiom Meaning:

someone doomed for failure or death


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Porky Pig’s Feat (1943)

Time of Scene: n/a

Porky Pig: “B-B-Broken Arms. B-bill. Room, uh, six-sixty-five dollars. Bath. Te-te-ten dollars and fifty cents. T-t-total: a hundred-and-fifty-two-dollars and fifty cents.”

Broken Arms Hotel Manager: You will, of course, pay the bill now before you leave, no?

Porky Pig: N-no – I mean, yes! M-my partner, Daffy Duck, will be r-right back. He’s out cashing a check.

Daffy Duck: Come on, seven! Be good to Daffy! Don’t fail me now!

Elevator Gambler: Uh-oh! Snake eyes. Too bad! You is a dead duck, duck.


Star Trek “Day of the Dove” (1968)

Time of Scene: n/a

Captain James T. Kirk: Get off my ship. You’re a dead duck here, you’re powerless. We know about you, and we don’t want to play. Maybe… maybe there’re others like you around, maybe you’ve caused a lot of suffering, a lot of history; but that’s all over. We’ll be on guard now, we’ll be ready for you, so ship out! Come on, haul it!

Dr. McCoy: Yeah, out already!

Kang: Out! We need no urging to hate Humans. But for the present, only a fool fights in a burning house. Out!


Howard the Duck (1986)

Time of Scene: 00:06:35

Howard T. Duck: I’m a dead duck!


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