duck

1 noun
1 BIRD (C) a very common water bird with short legs and a wide beak that is used for its meat, eggs, and soft feathers
2 FEMALE BIRD (C) a female duck
3 MEAT (U) the meat of this bird used as food: roast duck with orange sauce
4 take to something like a duck to water to learn how to do something very easily: Don't worry, you'll take to it like a duck to water.
5 PERSON also ducks BrE spoken a friendly way of speaking to someone, especially a woman or child: What can I get you, ducks?
6 SPORT (countable,) a score 1 (1) of zero by a batsman 1 (1) in a game of cricket 1 (2)
7 duck shoot AmE slang a very easy job or piece of work
—see also: a dead duck dead 1 (12), lame duck lame 1 (3), like water off a duck's back water 1 (5), ducks and drakes 2 verb
1 (I, T) to lower your head or body very quickly, especially to avoid being seen or hit: He saw a policeman coming, and ducked behind a car. | duck sth: We had to duck our heads to get through the doorway.
2 (T) to push someone under water for a short time as a joke: The children were busy ducking each other in the swimming pool.
3 (T) informal to try to avoid something, especially a difficult or unpleasant duty; dodge 1 (1) dodge 1 (2): His speech ducked all the major issues.
duck out of sth phrasal verb (T) informal to avoid doing something that you have to do or have promised to do: duck out of doing sth: Don't try and duck out of cleaning the kitchen!

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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