What Does Breaking Your Duck Mean?

11 July 2017, 14:56

Broken Duck
Broken Duck. Picture: Google Images

James O'Brien has the answer to the question where does the original meaning of the phrase "break your duck" come from?

Question

When its someone’s first time of doing something why do people say you’ve broken your duck? Kelly, Sevenoaks

Answer

** Self Definitive **

Name: James O’Brien

Qualification: Knows about Cricket

Answer: The phrase derives from Cricket when you get no runs as a batsman it’s called getting a duck. The reason it’s called a Duck is that the 0 written on a score card looks like a ducks egg. So when you finally get off the mark in something, you’ve broken your duck.

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