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sitting duck

noun
1.
a helpless or easy target or victim:
a sitting duck for shady financial schemes.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45
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sitting duck definition


A very easy target: “His arguments were so simple, she was able to knock them down like sitting ducks.” The term comes from hunting, where it is much easier to hit ducks when they are sitting on the water than when they are in flight.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sitting-duck

sit there with one's finger up one's ass

verb phrase

To be passive and unresponsive; fail to cope; be useless: I suppose you think I'm just sitting around every day with my thumb up my ass (1040s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with sitting-duck

sitting duck

An easy target, as in If you park in front of a fire hydrant, you're a sitting duck for a ticket. This term alludes to the ease with which a hunter can shoot a duck that remains in one spot, in contrast to one in flight. [ First half of 1900s ]
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