|implied in do a/the duck|
|Gullible’s Travels 175: In all the time o’ their mutual courtship they hadn’t been together for more’n five or six hours at a time, and never where one o’ them couldn’t make a quick duck when they got tired.‘The Water Cure’ in|
|Green Ice (1988) 177: Supposing you and I made a duck for it.|
|Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 92: Alluding to that quick duck of mine from the drawing room.|
(US) to hide, to stay out of the way.
|Gonif 85: I copped a duck until mess.|
to escape, to run off.
|Barkeep Stories 173: ‘Dey ’re sore ’cause I do me duckaway an’ dey t’ink dey ’ll just take a shot at me anyhow’.|
|Sorrows of a Show Girl Ch. v: As soon as the village yokels saw my trunks being unloaded they all did the grand duck for the theatre [...] thinking it was a show.|
|Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 20: Thinks I, ‘I’m out o’ luck,’ / An’ done a duck.‘The Intro’ in|
|Shorty McCabe on the Job 87: In that case [...] you’d better do a sudden duck. [Ibid.] 165: If you must know, I was doin’ a social duck.|
|Age of Consent 227: If that cop came round I could do a duck into the wardrobe.|
(Aus.) to make an appearance.
|Benno and Some of the Push 16: I’ll do a duck in, ’n’ mingle tears with Almira.‘Nicholas Don and the Meek Almira’ in|
(UK Und.) to perform, to do something (duplicitous).
|Swell’s Night Guide 40: Jerry Donavan, of the scraping fraternity [...] has his nut screwed on the right way [...] Jerry tumbles to his customers, and can fake the duck rumbo, and no nunks.|
|Man of Pleasure’s Illus. Pocket-book n.p.: [I]f you do the coakham, and tumble to the slum, you may fake the duck in rumbo style.|
1. to behave in a cowardly manner.
|Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk I 163: Whoever of our party shall offer to play the duck, and shrink when blows are a dealing, I give myself to the devil if I do not make a monk of him.(trans.)|
2. to avoid.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 64: K’mon — k’mon Don’t crackaloo. Just keep goin’. We’re tryin’ to lose that pest — We’re playin’ the duck for him.in Zwilling|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 46: (IS: Playing the duck as the chromo of the party gets ready to be escorted home) I don’t take horseface — no siree!in Zwilling|
|Stealing Through Life 193: Some Socialists are playing the duck completely on the draft.|
|Just Enough Liebling (2004) 262: After that he had to play the duck for Johnny for a couple of years.‘The Jollity Building’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 301: Many citizens are commencing to consider Marky something of a nuisance and are playing the duck for her.‘Little Miss Marker’ in|
|Go-Boy! 88: I played the duck to her for the rest of the day.|