duck out v.
1. to make off, to leave, to abscond.
|Moran of the Lady Letty 15: I’ve got to duck my nut or I’ll have the patrol boat after me.|
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 8: I duck out the side way an’ go round the block.|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 336: He puts his clothes on and ducks out.‘My Roomy’ in|
|White Moll 290: They’re for splitting it up to-night, and ducking it out of New York for a while.|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 138: Last night we ducks out and down Jackson Street to the commission houses.|
|What Makes Sammy Run? (1992) 162: I’m going to duck out for a little lunchee. [Ibid.] 234: Maybe I better duck.|
|They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 109: Work ter do, so ’e ducks out.|
|Picture Palace 55: He ducked out to do some shopping.|
|Wayne’s World [film script] Stacy approaches to find only Terry, Alan and Neil. Wayne has also ducked out.et al.|
|Crumple Zone 114: G [...] he’s wha’ you call a full-on bail bandit. He was up for one ting yeh, bu’ he duck out [...] they snatch him up again bu’ like, eighth wonder, they give him bail. So guess wha’? He duck out again.|
2. to back out, to withdraw.
|People You Know 37: Florine would have to duck on the Festivities just when everything was getting good.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 21: Take my tip and duck, you big lob, while you’re all together.|
|Spats’ Fact’ry (1922) 94: Blimey, she’s bin kiddin’ me [...] She’s ducked out.|
|Brother Man (1966) 155: Fancy duckin’ out on a gal like that!|
|Scene (1996) 239: Suppose she just let things ride, ducked out for a while.|
|Fixx 53: He was the type to duck out when true commitment and character were required.|
|Powder 221: He was already ducking out of contact with him and they’d barely started.|
3. to default on, to avoid.
|Ghetto Sketches 207: How come you brothers ducked out on me Sunday?|
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 90: Guys who didn’t keep up their loan payments [...] were good at ducking out on their rent, too.|
|Corner (1998) 146: True, he often ducks out of the last class periods to run the streets a bit.|
|Crumple Zone 44: I’ll be duckin’ out the UK for a couple of weeks.|