ducks and drakes


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ducks and drakes

(dŭks)
n.
The game of skipping flat stones along the surface of water.
Idiom:
make ducks and drakes of/play ducks and drakes with
To squander; waste.
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ducks and drakes

n (functioning as singular)
1. (Games, other than specified) a game in which a flat stone is bounced across the surface of water
2. make ducks and drakes of play ducks and drakes with play at ducks and drakes with to use recklessly; squander or waste
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ducks′ and drakes′


n.
a pastime in which flat stones or shells are skipped over the surface of water.
[1575–85]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ducks and drakes - a game in which a flat stone is bounced along the surface of calm water
game - an amusement or pastime; "they played word games"; "he thought of his painting as a game that filled his empty time"; "his life was all fun and games"
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References in classic literature ?
Carey stood for a few minutes and looked at it, it was turbid and yellow, [and who knows what thoughts passed through her mind?] while Philip searched for flat stones to play ducks and drakes. Then they walked slowly back.
A light cloud of smoke appeared beneath the sails, more blue than they, and spreading like a flower opening; then, at about a mile from the little canoe, they saw the ball take the crown off two or three waves, dig a white furrow in the sea, and disappear at the end of it, as inoffensive as the stone with which, in play, a boy makes ducks and drakes. It was at once a menace and a warning.
The flutter on the Tonopah Stock Exchange lasted just ten days, during which time his smashing, wild-bull game played ducks and drakes with the more stereotyped gamblers, and at the end of which time, having gambled Floridel into his fist, he let go for a net profit of half a million.