Definition of ducks and drakes in English:

ducks and drakes

noun

mass noun
  • A game of throwing flat stones so that they skim along the surface of water.

    ‘I would be more concerned about how much longer they will have water to play ducks and drakes on.’

Phrases

    play ducks and drakes with
    • Trifle with; treat frivolously.

      ‘who is this man, to play ducks and drakes with a scientific expedition?’
      • ‘The oil companies are playing ducks and drakes with the Department and the Minister.’
      • ‘If you find Junior playing ducks and drakes, keep your cool.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He blamed him for playing ducks and drakes with the tribunal.’

Origin

Late 16th century from the movement of the stone over the water.

Pronunciation

ducks and drakes