Definition of play ducks and drakes with in US English:

play ducks and drakes with

phrase

  • Trifle with; treat frivolously.

    • ‘He blamed him for playing ducks and drakes with the tribunal.’
    • ‘But it unmistakably signifies that the icons of soccer fans nationwide are wallowing in such prodigious wealth that they can play ducks and drakes with money.’
    • ‘If you find Junior playing ducks and drakes, keep your cool.’
    • ‘However, we still see no cause whatsoever for celebration because the figures clearly show that there's a hard-core minority who feel they have the right to play ducks and drakes with other people's lives.’
    • ‘The oil companies are playing ducks and drakes with the Department and the Minister.’
    • ‘Instead, a writer of fiction is usually the happier for his ignorance, and better for having played ducks and drakes with his cultural opportunities.’
    • ‘He has played ducks and drakes with that process.’
    treat in a cavalier fashion, treat lightly, treat frivolously, treat casually, play ducks and drakes with
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