Duck and weave

Posted by Smokey Stover on June 21, 2007

In Reply to: Duck and weave posted by Victoria S Dennis on June 21, 2007

: : What is the meaning of duck and weave in the future?

: "Duck and weave in the future" is not an English phrase. As you haven't given any context it's impossible to know what it was supposed to mean. It may be relevant that "duck" as a verb means "to lower one's head quickly to avoid smething", and "weave" can mean "zigzag from side to side", either due to illness or drunkenness, or to avoid being hit by bullets or missiles. Perhaps this refers to someone who is going to have to take evasive action either literally or figuratively. But we can't be sure without context.

"In the future" is not relevant to the meaning of "duck and weave," but is probably just an adverbial phrase of time to tell us when the ducking and weaving is to take place. Victoria is quite right, that "duck and weave" is how you move, on foot, when there are bullets coming your way. The figurative use is, I imagine, quite obvious. But I don't think it applies to sports. Weaving is characteristic of a sports situation, but I can't see why a footballer on a run would also duck.