to duck out

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - duck out

"to duck out"

to leave in a hurry or secretly


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - duck out

"to duck out"

to avoid doing something;

to evade responsibility


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - duck out

"to duck out"

to leave a location and return after a short period of time


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - duck out

Two colleagues are talking on a Monday morning ...

Colleague 1:  I didn't see you in the office Friday afternoon.

Colleague 2:  I know.  I ducked out early.

Colleague 1:  Did you have permission to leave work early?

Colleague 2:  No.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - duck out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I'm really worried about my job interview.

Friend 2:  Why is that?

Friend 1:  It's a really good job and I really want it but I am worried that I will be asked about that two year hole in my resume.

Friend 2:  Best to duck out of answering that question if it comes up.

Friend 1:  But how can I avoid answering?

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - duck out

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Well, we've been at it for hours. I could use some caffeine.

Colleague 2:  I'll just duck out to the cafeteria and get us some coffee.

Colleague 1:  OK. Thanks. I'll see you in a couple of minutes.

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to duck out - Gerund Form:

Ducking out of a party early because it was boring is somewhat rude.

Ducking out of responsibility seems to be common in teenagers.

to duck out - Examples:

1)  That's just wrong. Sadly, Muchacho, these people duck out the back door whenever people challenge them on facts.

2)  Every hour or so I would duck out and try to get some fresh air.

3)  On a fair number of occasions I was allowed to duck out of the containment to visit a public loo.

4)  Mayor Ford ducked out mid-meeting to coach his high school football team.

5)  ... but I found it so involving that I ducked out at intermission.

6)  ... the tour was a bit long for us on our one day, so we ducked out and headed back to the art museum before getting back on the bus.

7)  ... occupying my little girl with a few games, cleaning the bathroom, ducking out to the shops to get a few things ...

8)  I've been ducking out the front for a ciggie when she's busy.

9)  It goes on until 9.30pm, but I'll be ducking out early to go to ...

10)  Deveny ducks out of her living room and a moment later returns with a colourful cotton bag ...

11)  ... to keep the attention of 25 to 30 fourth graders, especially when the teacher ducks out for a break, but he manages to corral them by his constant questions ...

12)  No wonder Juan Mata is beaming as he ducks out of the rain and into a caf on the Kings Road.

13)  There's one rotten so-and-so on your team who just shrugs and ducks out when asked to help on the project.

14)  I realize with sober horror that ducking out of cheesy writing is the easiest and most self-indulgent thing in the world.

15)  ... investigation by Health Canada into Targa regarding a possible advertising breach has led to him ducking out of the race.

16)  Toronto reportedly considered pursuing Reyes last off season before ultimately ducking out of the bidding.

17)  ... colleagues elsewhere in Government have so far ducked out of doing anything practical to implement Jason Holt's excellent report.

18)  The Sun has reported that 1D 'ducked out' of recording a song with Justin for their forthcoming release.

19)  A relationship is so much easier to duck out of than a marriage.

20)  I can duck out of conversations gracefully by concentrating on my stitches.