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duck  

      n   canard    m     
like water off a duck's back      comme l'eau sur le dos d'un canard  
→ It was all water off a duck's back. Nothing embarrassed him        
      vi        duck down    se baisser vivement, baisser subitement la tête  
→ He ducked in time to avoid a blow.        
→ I wanted to duck down and slip past.        
      vt  
(=avoid)  

  [+blow]  
esquiver  
→ Hans ducked their blows.        
  [+decision, responsibility]   esquiver  
→ an indecisive leader who ducks crucial decisions        


dead duck   *  
      n  
to be a dead duck      être fichu (e)     
→ The government is a dead duck.        
duck pond  
      n   mare    f   aux canards  
lame duck  
      n  
   (=failure)   canard    m   boiteux  
→ Look, I'm not one of your lame ducks.        
     (US)   (=outgoing president, governor)   potiche    f     
to become a lame duck      en être réduit (e)   à jouer les potiches  
→ After the mid-terms, the President becomes a lame duck, simply sitting out the time until retirement.        
      modif     (US)  
[politician, government]  
condamné (e)   à jouer les potiches  
→ He must recognise by now that he will be a one-term, increasingly lame duck president.        
→ ... a lame duck government.        
sitting duck   *  
      n   cible    f   facile  
→ Nancy knew she'd be a sitting duck when she raised the trap door.        
Translation English - French Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English-French
vt.,vi.
esquiver
n.
canard
n.
coutil
(kind of canvas)
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n.
duck
n.
duck
nf.
duck leg
n.
duck egg
nf.
duck stew
nm.
duck wing
nf.
duck filet
n.
duck confit
exp.
duck shooting
n.
duck shooting

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