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Re: "All duck, no dinner"

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?

: Thanks

"All duck or no dinner," 'The final fling which may lead to either triumph or disaster' (John Skehan, 1984): Anglo-Irish: C20. Cf. synon. 'shit 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.