Posted by R. Berg on September 04, 2002
In Reply to: "All duck, no dinner" posted by Tony Cook on September 04, 2002
: "All duck, no dinner"
: I have heard this used here in Australia and am
: not sure of the meaning or origin.
: Anyone have any idea?
"All duck or no dinner," 'The final fling which may lead to either triumph or disaster' (John Skehan, 1984): Anglo-Irish: C20. Cf. synon. 's h i t or bust' and 'Sydney or the bush'" [Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British"]. Haven't heard it myself; sounds like a parody of what a desperate duck hunter might say before taking a shot.