English version

dead duck

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdead duckˌdead ˈduck noun   a dead duck
Examples from the Corpus
dead duckWhether voters are bored, confused or scared of losing popular services, it seems to be a dead duck.Recruiting outsiders is a dead duck for the moment; another five years of failure and the time may yet come.Competition climbing is laughable in this country, and is probably a dead duck anyway.In April Harold Wilson admitted what everyone else already knew: the Bill was a dead duck.
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