like water off a duck's back

{adv. phr.}, {informal} Without changing your feelings or opinion; without effect. * /Advice and correction roll off him like water off a duck's back./ * /Many people showed him they didn't like what he was doing, but their disapproval passed off him like water off a duck's back./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • (like) water off a duck's back — (like) water off a ˌduck s ˈback idiom (informal) used to say that sth, especially criticism, has no effect on sb/sth • I can t tell my son what to do; it s water off a duck s back with him. Main entry: ↑wateridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • like water off a duck's back — ► like water off a duck s back (of a critical remark) having no effect. Main Entry: ↑duck …   English terms dictionary

  • like water off a duck's back — (of a scolding, etc) having no effect, making no impression • • • Main Entry: ↑water …   Useful english dictionary

  • like water off a duck's back — {adv. phr.}, {informal} Without changing your feelings or opinion; without effect. * /Advice and correction roll off him like water off a duck s back./ * /Many people showed him they didn t like what he was doing, but their disapproval passed off …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • like\ water\ off\ a\ duck's\ back — adv. phr. informal Without changing your feelings or opinion; without effect. Advice and correction roll off him like water off a duck s back. Many people showed him they didn t like what he was doing, but their disapproval passed off him like… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • like water off a duck's back — without effect, without changing one s feelings or opinion He always criticizes his friend who always ignores it so it falls away like water off a duck s back …   Idioms and examples

  • like water off a duck's back — 1. adjective Without immediate or lasting effects. Scandal after scandal would break, but it would be like water off a ducks back; no heads rolled, and no one seemed particularly perturbed. 2. adverb In a manner which has no effect; immediately… …   Wiktionary

  • like water off a duck's back — referring to a hurtful remark which has no effect. → duck …   English new terms dictionary

  • like water off a duck's back — without any effect, completely ineffectually, without any influence …   English contemporary dictionary

  • be like water off a duck's back — be (like) water off a duck s back if criticism is water off a duck s back to someone, it has no effect on them at all. He s always being told he s lazy and incompetent, but it s just water off a duck s back to him. (often + to) …   New idioms dictionary

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