water off a duck's back

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - water off a duck's back

"water off a duck's back"

an expression used for saying that advice, warnings or insults have no affect on someone


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - water off a duck's back

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  Do you think you should study more?  Maybe cut back on the partying?  Exams will come up and if you don't study, you will fail and get kicked out of school.

Student 2:  Ya, ya, ya.  Sure, I hear you.

Student 1:  So what are you doing tonight?

Student 2:  There's a really awesome party at Fred's place that I'm going to.

Student 1:  Oh, man.  Water off a duck's back!

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - water off a duck's back

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Aren't you getting fed up with the boss always calling you into her office and then calling you stupid and useless?

Colleague 2Water off a duck's back, my friend. I just take what she says as her way of expressing her frustration with her own inadequacies. Her insults make absolutely no impact on me.

Colleague 1:  I don't think I could be so easy-going in your position.

water off a duck's back - Usage:


water off a duck's back - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for water off a duck's back.

water off a duck's back - Examples:

1)  ... not from any fear of being 'flamed', (water off a duck's back here) but I'm never going to change any of their opinions ...

2)  It's water off a duck's back. It doesn't bother us what people say.

3)  Stay calm. Let it wash over you like water off a duck's back.

4)  ... even the precise time and place make a difference -- what's water off a duck's back one day triggers outrage the next. It's very complex.

5)  I work with juveniles -teenagers and name calling and insults is like water off a duck's back to me too.

6)  It's water off a duck's back for me to face critics nowadays. However, it took years to ...

7)  Water off a duck's back, you can't let it bother you.

8)  Unless gossip rolls like water off a duck's back, it can destroy self-confidence, erode entire communities, and create major ...

9)  But parliamentary slings and arrows are water off a duck's back when your dad was probably the victim of a real political assassination.

10)  This is water off a duck's back, you will always face small minds.

11)  You might be someone to whom criticism from the boss is water off a duck's back: you take it as helpful feedback and are happy to work out ...

12)  If an insult is untrue, it is like water off a duck's back. The person making the insult may be foolish or malicious but they ...

13)  ... quite good at selective hearing so that the occasional ignorant comment becomes water off a duck's back.

14)  I've already had so many comments it's water off a duck's back now!

15)  Christopher Maloney says criticism is like water off a duck's back.

16)  This will be like water off a duck's back, but maybe one day, enough people will make enough noise.

17)  ... he's been impervious to criticism from fans or the media. Water off a duck's back with Kroenke.

18)  I should have thought the odd insult would be water off a duck's back to you, but perhaps there is still some hope after all.

19)  ... would really hurt but because it's not true, it's water off a duck's back.

20)  I can't tell my son what to do; it's water off a duck's back with him.