ducks and drakes
a) A pastime of throwing flat stones across water so as to make them bounce off the surface.

A kind of sport or play with an oister shell or stone throwne into the water, and making circles yer it sinke, etc. It is called a ducke and a drake, and a halfe-penie cake.</ref>

b) squandering of resources, especially money; used in expressions like to make ducks and drakes of , to play ducks and drakes with , to play at ducks and drakes with

This royal Caesar doth regard no cash; Has thrown away as much in ducks and drakes As would have bought some 50,000 capons.

Syn: stone skipping, stone skimming, stone skiffing, drakestoning, squandering, wasting

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  • ducks and drakes — Drakestone Drake stone, n. A flat stone so thrown along the surface of water as to skip from point to point before it sinks; also, the sport of so throwing stones; sometimes called {ducks and drakes}. [1913 Webster] Internal earthquakes, that,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ducks and drakes — or duck and drake noun Date: 1583 the pastime of skimming flat stones or shells along the surface of calm water …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ducks and drakes — game in which stones are skipped across the water s surface …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ducks and drakes — noun a game of throwing flat stones so that they skim along the surface of water. Origin C16: from the movement of the stone over the water …   English new terms dictionary

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