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.
[+blow] esquiver → Hans ducked their blows. [+decision, responsibility] esquiver → an indecisive leader who ducks crucial decisions
dead duck *
to be a dead duck être fichu (e)
→ The government is a dead duck.
n mare f aux canards
(=failure) canard m boiteux
→ Look, I'm not one of your lame ducks.
(=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.
[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.