from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The game of skipping flat stones along the surface of water.
- idiom make ducks and drakes of To squander; waste.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pastime of throwing flat stones across water so as to make them bounce off the surface.
- n. squandering of resources, especially money; used in expressions like "to make ducks and drakes of", "to play (at) ducks and drakes with".
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- n. a game in which a flat stone is bounced along the surface of calm water
1585, due to association with waterfowl. The precise origin is unclear, and may be from ducks taking off from a pond, or making rings when splashing, or bobbing their heads. Early references are primarily to “making” ducks and drakes, suggesting that the circular rings produced by the skipping stone resemble those created by splashing waterfowl. (Wiktionary)