Idiom #16 A Sitting Duck

This week’s idiom: “A sitting duck.”

Meaning:

Someone or something that is ‘a sitting duck’ is an easy to hit target. Someone who is a ‘sitting duck’ is open to an easy physical or verbal attack.

Origin:

This expression quite obviously comes from hunters, and duck shooters in particular. A sitting duck, on merely bobbing on the surface of the water, as opposed to one swimming, diving, dabbling or flying, is an easy target for the shooter.

Example:

Left alone on stage, he was completely at the mercy of the angry crowd. James felt like a sitting duck.

Disclaimer 1: The writer of this blog in no way endorses duck shooting.

Disclaimer 2: No ducks, nor any other birds, were harmed in taking the photo below.

Please note:  The photo below shows a STANDING duck. I don’t have a photo of a sitting duck – yet. (So use your imagination.)

Australian Wood Duck (male)

Australian Wood Duck (male)

 

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