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Where did the saying, Get your ducks in a row, come from?

29 mths ago

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To get one's ducks in a row essentially means to ensure all of the small details or elements are accounted for and in their proper positions before embarking on a new project. A defense attorney, for example, may spend much of his or her time making sure all of the evidence and witnesses are presented in a precise, effective order. A salesman may get all of his or her "ducks in a row" by rehearsing his sales presentation beforehand. When a person is fully prepared for any eventuality and has every element in place, he or she can indeed be said to have his or her ducks in a row. Etymologically speaking, your guess as to the origins of this saying is about as good as any other. There are at least three plausible theories surrounding the origin of "get your ducks in a row," plus some others which, at least, put up an interesting argument. Some sources suggest the phrase was not even used in print until the late 1970s, although a magazine article from 1932 did suggest "getting our economic ducks in a row." This is all I could find

29 mths ago

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It mainly refers to having matters neatly and efficiently organised and all your duties taken care of. For a broader description, follow the link below:

Source: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-duc5.htm

29 mths ago

Very good question! Some say it dates back to the time of Ceaser - From the Gallic Wars and it came from the saying "Forty Ducks in a Row". Others say it comes from Brewer's dictionary were in the old days in a alley the skittles, or pins as we know it today in bowling were called ducks. There is also alot of other suggestions but these seems most plausible.

Source: Internet

29 mths ago

In every Fair Ground since the 1700's there is the ferris wheel, and the Tombola and the Duck Shoot ....the aim of the game is to shoot all your ducks to win a prize. It was no good if you shot duck number six before duck number one...you have to shoot them from 1 to 6.The owner of the stall shouts 'get your ducks in a row'. The same in business and planning ...you atart at the beginning and work your way to the end ...it needs doing in an orderly fashion.

Source: From a Duck.

29 mths ago

Most probably from Scotland or England.

29 mths ago

This YouTube video may not give you the answer, but it sure gives meaning to the saying: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEBLt6Kd9EY&feature=player_embedded Couldn't help feeling sorry for them, but there is more than one life lesson to be taken from this.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEBLt6Kd9EY&feature=player_embedded

29 mths ago

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