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chance the ducks

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  • (verb) - I'll do it, and chance the ducks, meaning "I'll do it and take my chances," is in reference to a boat's crew arrayed in clean white jumpers or "ducks" ready for inspection when it is discovered that some duty involving the possible soiling of their garments has been neglected. They accordingly say, "We must do it, and chance the ducks"--that is, run the risk of our ducks being splashed. --A. Wallace's Popular Sayings Dissected, 1895

    February 11, 2018