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duck

noun uk   /dʌk/ us  

duck noun (BIRD)

A2 [C] a bird that lives by water, has webbed feet (= feet with skin between the toes), a short neck and a large beakDucks, geese and game birds [U] the meat of this birdKinds of meat

duck noun (PERSON)

[C] UK old-fashioned informal (also ducks) a friendly way of talking to someone you like: [as form of address] Come and sit beside me, duck.Friendly and unfriendly terms of address

duck

verb uk   /dʌk/ us  
[I or T] to move your head or the top part of your body quickly down, especially to avoid being hit: I saw the ball hurtling towards me and ducked (down). Duck your head or you'll bang it on the doorframe.Moving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasive [T] to push someone underwater for a short time: The boys were splashing about and ducking each other in the pool.Moving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasive [I + adv/prep] to move quickly to a place, especially in order not to be seen: When he saw them coming, he ducked into a doorway.Moving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasive
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