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".
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a game in which a flat stone is bounced along the surface of calm water
What had Tom done? — save play ducks and drakes with life and wear it out until all that remained was that dimly flickering spark in a dying body.
Unfortunately, I played ducks and drakes with my Yucatan project — I think I wrote about it — and I'm broke as usual.