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 Dwi
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What does "duck" actually mean in the following sentences?

GOAL Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham
Harry Kane has broken his Premier League duck!

And of course it had to come against Newcastle.

Hojbjerg clipped a ball over the top towards Kane, who lobbed it classily over the outrishing Darlow. The flag went up but replays suggest he was onside.

Kane timed his run to perfection as he was being played onside by Manquillo on the far side.

After a minute of VAR check tension the goal is given

90' + 5' Lingard has two defenders tight to him when he's played in by Ronaldo, and he does brilliantly to deftly touch it to him and duck out of the way of the shot.

GOAL Newcastle 2-3 Tottenham
It's not quite over a St James'!

Eric Dier has had an absolute shocker to hand Newcastle a potential last-minute lifeline with an own goal.

Murphy’s free-kick from the right dipped awkwardly in front of Dier, who saw it late.

He ducked towards the ball, missed an attempted header and kneed the ball emphatically into the far corner.

 
Posted : 20/10/2021 4:37 pm
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Hi Dwi,

A duck is a period of time when you do not score a goal. However, we only use the word when saying it has been 'broken' - he broke his duck'. we don't say, his duck is five games long. So, you need to think of it is a verb phrase - 'to break your duck'.

Posted by: @dwi

Harry Kane has broken his Premier League duck!

 

Your second example, 'to duck' is a simple verb describing the action of avoiding something that is coming at your face or head. To duck means to quickly move down so the object goes over you.

Posted by: @dwi

He ducked towards the ball, missed an attempted header and kneed the ball emphatically into the far corner.

This means the player bent downwards trying to head the ball, but went underneath it and missed the attempt.

Damon

 
Posted : 21/10/2021 7:08 am
 Dwi
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Thanks for the expalanation

 
Posted : 21/10/2021 2:05 pm
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Break a duck is also connected to the phrase 'goal drought'

https://languagecaster.com/weekly-football-phrase-goal-drought/

 
Posted : 21/10/2021 5:32 pm

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