ducks and drakes


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ducks and drakes a game in which a flat stone is bounced along the surface of calm water
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In literature:

Outside the Colonel beckoned to a ragged urchin who was playing ducks and drakes with his naked toes.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
Where, oh where, is the Great Seal, with which he played ducks and drakes in the Thames?
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
Ducks and Drakes, 42.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
My son had two ducks, and to mate with them he procured a drake of a neighbor who lived two miles south of us.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
And, as somebody said, the two nephews very soon made 'ducks and drakes' of the whole fortune.
"Dave Porter and His Double" by Edward Stratemeyer
He will have a very pretty income to make ducks and drakes with, and earned without much trouble.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
I write of them as merry gentlemen because this fornight agone I had been watching them make ducks and drakes of their savings.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
He has simply gone from bad to worse, and would make ducks and drakes of the lot.
"The Triumph of Hilary Blachland" by Bertram Mitford
It has been so long since you have played ducks and drakes with a man that I really believed you had reformed.
"The Bachelors" by William Dana Orcutt
She may be led again to make ducks and drakes of her money by another Weston.
"Rockhaven" by Charles Munn
I don't know why, though, unless, like all young men, he wanted to make ducks and drakes of his cash.
"Of High Descent" by George Manville Fenn
Most of such little flocks are composed of a drake and from one to five ducks.
"Our Domestic Birds" by John H. Robinson
He'll make ducks and drakes of all this money.
"The Mynns' Mystery" by George Manville Fenn
Hussonnet, at the lower end of the river's bank, went making ducks and drakes over the water.
"Sentimental Education Vol 1" by Gustave Flaubert
I don't know why, though, unless, like all young men, he wanted to make ducks and drakes of his cash.
"The Haute Noblesse" by George Manville Fenn
My trustee has made ducks and drakes of my property, or rather bulls and bears.
"The King's Stratagem and Other Stories" by Stanley J. Weyman
The Irishman dashed for him with the speed and force of a wild bull, and Drake ducked slightly.
"Bert Wilson, Marathon Winner" by J. W. Duffield
Harriet laughing at her caution remained with Mr. Humphries making ducks and drakes, to the great surprise of the water-fowl.
"Margaret Capel, v. 3 of 3" by Ellen Wallace
I'll save enough for us two, though I do make 'ducks and drakes of my fortune.
"Rose in Bloom" by Louisa May Alcott
The two drakes were right and left shots and this duck came down too.
"The Drunkard" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

In poetry:

My dad was a sailor from Plymouth, named Drake
One night on the Hoe he'd been sozzling
He said, "Marry me, Chuck," to a dear little duck
And I was their first little gosling.
"The Sailor" by Billy Bennett