1. to travel, to go.
|Mr Dooley’s Chicago (1977) 42: Oi think Oi’ll put on me rollers an’ duck.in Schaaf|
|Checkers 53: The hardest job of my life was not to ‘pinch’ that coin and ‘duck.’.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 8: Now if I can duck up to the hay without bumping into a couple of collectors I’m O.K.|
|Gullible’s Travels 109: I finally warned the Missus that if we didn’t duck back to our room I’d probably have a heart attack from excitement.|
|Hooch! 178: I’m duckin’ over to the barber shop.|
|Just Enough Liebling (2004) 264: The Count became so interested in his idea that he forgot to duck with Boatrace Harry’s money.‘The Jollity Building’ in|
|Thrilling Detective Feb. [Internet] The girl said something about having to duck and vanished.‘Death with Music’ in|
|Rap Sheet 15: It ended up with me ducking over to the hotel, sneaking my things out the back and meeting George later behind the depot.|
|Valley Morn. Star (Harlingen, TX) 13 June 16/4: ‘Ain’t nobody scared of you, bro. Ain’t nobody ducking you. Ain’t nobody dodging you’.|
|Tenants (1972) 35: My advice is you ought to duck down to the floor below and wait till he’s gone.|
|Real Thing 45: How about we duck up the jungo and get some toasted sandwiches?|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 11: A blond guy in a suede loafer ducking into the men’s room.|
|Davo’s Little Something 18: I might duck over and see me uncle Enrico.|
|Turning (2005) 306: You mind if I duck up to the cabin for a bit of a lie-down?‘Defender’ in|
2. (also duck on) to avoid, to escape from a person or thing.
|S.F. Chron. 6 June 11/5: He would have ducked, too, if a detective hadn’t been dere.|
|Confessions of a Con Man 166: I ducked from the town of the Scotch banker.|
|Doughboy Dope 9: Cyzerznski only ducked a spell in the jug by handshaking with the top-kick.|
|‘A Holy War’ in Chisholm (1951) 75: ‘Young friend!’ . . . . I tries to duck, but miss the bus.|
|Call It Sleep (1977) 248: C’mon! An’ don’t try to duck on us.|
|What’s In It For Me? 358: What are you trying to do, duck somebody?|
|Really the Blues 47: The waiters all seemed to be ducking him.|
|In For Life 140: Officials couldn’t duck executions.|
|Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 34: She would spend half of the day trying to duck the kids.|
|Animal Factory 76: You been duckin’ me, ése.|
|Skin Tight 96: I know what the campaign law says, but there are ways to duck it.|
|Powder 279: Duck the charm offensive.|
|Night Gardener 39: Think he slick, too. Duckin my ass.|
|Life 230: We were no longer writing the headlines, we were ducking them.|
|Attack the Block [film script] 6: Oi! she’s duckin’! [...] Fam, she’s ghostin’!|
3. to hide.
|Sporting Times 22 Feb. 3/1: He found it more convenient to rely upon his fellow-passengers’ honour, and ‘duck,’ when travelling by rail to a meeting, than to go through the cold formality of purchasing his pasteboard.|
|Pitcher in Paradise 18: Duck! Do you hear me, duck! Into a pub, round a street corner, anywhere you like, but duck!|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 153: I strip him for a leather poke an’ duck in an alley an’ look inside. [Ibid.] ‘The Gangster’s Elegy’ 243: Next day the Kid gets hepped to who it was pulled that there rod, an’ of course he sends ’im word that he’ll croak ’im. The guy ducks.‘Canada Kid’ in|
|Nightmare Town (2001) 109: I seen this guy duck behind a pole until you was past.‘Zigzags of Treachery’ in|
|Fast One (1936) 211: You’ll have to duck while he’s here, baby [...] He’s the undercover legal representative for the Bellman administration.|
|Und. Detective Mar. [Internet] He’s ducked into this joint, or I miss my guess.‘TheRuse in Cocaine Alley’ in|
|Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 162: The bookie made an abortive effort to duck into one of the cardrooms.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 20: Tony hissed. ‘Duck in here.’.|
4. to get rid of.
|Deadly Streets (1983) 80: Fish was slower about ducking his [knife].‘Johnny Slice’s Stoolie’ in|
|(con. 1950) Band of Brothers 4: Duck that butt! You hear anybody say the smoking lamp was lit?|
5. see nod the nut under nut n.1
6. see duck out v.
(Aus. prison) a lazy prison officer.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Duck arse. A lazy prison officer.|
|Crumple Zone 191: You ever heard him mention anywhere? Round London? Round the motorways? Some duckhole?|
see separate entry.
see duck out v.
1. see sense 2
2. see duck out v.
see separate entry.
see duck out v.
() to hide oneself (and then to run off).
|Riverina Recorder (NSW) 24 Nov. 1/7: ‘Den he quits and ducks his nut. See?’ .|
|Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA) 26 May 5/8: In a few moments he became aware that a couple of the pedallers he had passed were after him, and being a fair sprinter he ‘ducked his nut’ and gat.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 8 Jan. 1/5: It is understood that the enterprising gentleman’s ‘clerk’ had ducked his nut the moment he cooked the copper coming, and done a guy at a shade outside 2½ yards worse than evens.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 797: duck the nut - To hide; to drop quietly from sight.|
see under scone n.2
see under Uncle n.1