play duck and drakes

play duck and drakes

Meaning:
– to carelessly misuse one’s wealth
– to behave recklessly
– use selfishly to suit oneself
– waste

duck and drakes is also a name of stone skipping or skimming game, a pastime game of throwing flat stones across water so as to make them bounce off the surface.

Examples:
1. He lost his job for playing ducks and drakes with the fund of corporation.
2. Jane played duck and drakes with the financial system of company.
3. George W. Bush had played duck and drakes with the economy of USA.
4. Hey, let’s play duck and drakes on the lake.

Origin:
1575–85; from a fancied likeness to a waterfowl’s movements.

Related to ,

P 2 Comments

2 Comments

AuthorMayank Yadav writes on 13th June 2017

Spend foolishly

AuthorNaem writes on 10th October 2015

Great…….!!!!!
i like this……

& please pray for me.
next Friday i having an important examination…

Leave a Comment

Idiom of the Day

make common cause with
make common cause with Meaning: work together in order to achieve something that both groups want. Example: Environment protesters have made common cause with local people to stop ... Read on

Advertisement

English Grammar

Follow Us

Like Facebook Page

Recent Comments

Keep in Touch

Copyrights © 2017 - The Idioms - All Rights Reserved.