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English definition of “dead duck”

dead duck

noun [C usually singular]     informal
someone or something that is very unlikely to be successful, especially because of a mistake or bad judgment: Thanks to the lack of market research, the project was a dead duck right from the start.FailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement
(Definition of dead duck noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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