One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A potentially hurtful or harmful remark or incident that has no apparent effect on the person mentioned.‘it was like water off a duck's back to Nick, but I'm sure it upset Paul’
- ‘But the criticism rolls off him like water off a duck's back.’
- ‘It's all water off a duck's back really, but I would like to point out a couple of things.’
- ‘That's water off a duck's back to a man like Graham, who seven minutes later, saw his side take the lead.’
- ‘However, if the intention was to shame him then it failed because my friend told me it seemed to run off him like water off a duck's back.’
- ‘We are used to getting flak from the public over the vehicles we book, so it is water off a duck's back to us.’
- ‘Today, snobbery about musicals and their hijacking of the worldwide stage is water off a duck's back.’
- ‘Either way, the woman's unfriendly comments are like water off a duck's back to John.’
- ‘Whenever other people came under fire, they tried to deflect it elsewhere, but it's water off a duck's back.’
- ‘They shed hardships of camp life like water off a duck's back.’
- ‘They make it seem as if the war slid off Hemingway like water off a duck's back and have asked us to understand that some of his most admired war stories are not really war stories after all.’
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