A lame duck. A stock-jobber who will not, or cannot, pay his
losses. He has to “waddle out of the alley like a lame duck.”
Like a dying duck in a thunderstorm.
To get a duck.
A contraction of duck's egg or 0, in cricket. A player who gets no
run off his bat is marked down 0.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894