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I can't see the stage for you two ducking your heads together!

Then shall he not go without a ducking and eke a drubbing himself!

Could it have been that ducking his head in the river at Wythburn had caused it to burn like a furnace?

Ducking, he went down under the cloud, just what the Jerry wanted.

Stan laid over and made a sweep, ducking in and out of the flak.

Daikoku has to hold on tightly or he will slip down and get a ducking.

In some instances the ducking was carried to such an extent as to cause death.

Dot was in a clean dry dress and none the worse for her ducking.

It meant a ducking and perhaps worse, for even where he stood the current was strong.

Luckily for the boy, he was at the side of the sledge and escaped a ducking.

WORD ORIGIN

waterfowl, Old English duce (found only in genitive ducan) "a duck," literally "a ducker," presumed to be from Old English *ducan "to duck, dive" (see duck (v.)). Replaced Old English ened as the name for the bird, this being from PIE *aneti-, the root of the "duck" noun in most Indo-European languages.

As a term of endearment, attested from 1580s. duck-walk is 1930s; duck soup "anything easily done" is by 1899. Duck's ass haircut is from 1951. Ducks-and-drakes, skipping flat stones on water, is from 1580s; the figurative sense of "throwing something away recklessly" is c.1600.

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