English version

a dead duck

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha dead ducka dead duckinformalFAIL a plan, idea etc that is not worth considering because it is very likely to fail 🔊 He admitted that the whole project was a dead duck. dead duck
Examples from the Corpus
a dead duckThe news program was once considered a dead duck.If he's not here on time, he's a dead duck.
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