American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal An easy target or victim.
- n. idiomatic An obvious or unconcealed target.
- n. a defenseless victim
- From sitting + duck. (Wiktionary)
“Wet and cold but unwilling to make a sitting duck of himself, Stan hunkered down against a tree where he could see the Peugeot’s lights, the clearing, even a bit of the station wagon.”
“Sergeant Gene Niles got out, looked across the street and saw him — a sitting duck in the car he’d had at Griffith Park yesterday morning.”
“I believe the _Massacre_ would have been a sitting duck if the _Rattle and Hum_ hadn't kept rolling over to keep the line of fire open.”
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Those who are easily duped.
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