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duck out

Leave hurriedly or secretly; evade responsibility. For example, If I can I'll duck out of the office early, or He simply ducked out on his entire family. This slangy expression originated in the late 1800s simply as duck, out being added about 1930.
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  • To be sure, she always stopped in a good place, like the edge of Cedar Swamp, where she could duck out of sight if need be.

    The Tale of Nimble Deer Arthur Scott Bailey
  • You intended to rig a scheme so that you could duck out from under.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • I wouldn't leave him a chance to duck out o' this because I wouldn't tell nobody where we was goin'.

    Gullible's Travels, Etc. Ring W. Lardner
  • In fact, I am going to show you how to make a duck out of it.

  • "Tried to duck out the back door," the deputy explained to his brother officers.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Barely did the pair have time to duck out of sight behind a boulder before he approached.

    Signal in the Dark Mildred A. Wirt
  • She had turned away and was watching a duck out on the lake.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • If Archie got the express company's money—en hit sorta looks like he did—he was smart enough to 'duck out' with hit.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • Ralph took his way down Main Street, feeling, as he expressed it, a good deal like a duck out of water.

    Ralph Granger's Fortunes William Perry Brown
  • The duck out here don't seem to mind small shot at a hundred or two hundred yards more than they do at home!

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch

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