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dead duck

dead duck

pronunciation:
ded duhk
part of speech: noun
definition: (informal) a person or thing that is too deteriorated or ruined to be helped or saved, or that is sure to suffer ruin or failure.
The arts organization would have been a dead duck without the millionaire's donation.