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like water off a duck's back


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  • adj. Without immediate or lasting effects.
  • adv. In a manner which has no effect; immediately and without causing any difference.


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  • Well, crunch my feathers! What an interesting idiom this is turning out to be. Quack!!

    April 30, 2010

  • Well, I'll just chime in with a fourth meaning for this idiom. I've heard this phrase used to refer to any situation in which an individual is unfazed by some unpleasant turn of events. You could say, for instance, "Hubert is such a cheerful fellow that when we told him his Ming vase had been crushed by a falling anvil, the bad news just rolled off him like water off a duck's back."

    Milos's meaning is one particular case of this larger meaning, the case in which the unpleasantry happens to be an insult.

    I've never heard c_b's meaning or dario's meaning 'round these parts.

    April 30, 2010

  • Stays crunchy. Even in milk.

    April 30, 2010

  • Unfazed. Unmoved.

    April 30, 2010

  • Yes, Milos, I've heard that meaning also--an insult that doesn't sting is something that is inconsequential or easy, hence...

    What's this about feathers in milk?

    April 30, 2010

  • Strange, because the general use I know for this idiom is a third one still -- when something said with hurtful intend does not bother the person it is addressed to; rather, because of either the inconsequence of the insult or the imperturbability of the addressee, it is "like water off a duck's back".

    April 30, 2010

  • I agree with chained bear. It is easy because water does not absorb into a duck's feathers - thus they dry, even in milk!

    April 30, 2010

  • Hmm... that's not the meaning I've heard used with this phrase. It seems like it would mean something that's really easy to do (like falling off a log) or smoothly accomplished without much effort. But I suppose it could mean any of several things.

    April 30, 2010

  • It's about something that isn't worth doing.. In other words: pointless

    April 30, 2010