Ducks in a row (1938)

Michael Quinion TheEditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Fri Sep 6 14:53:05 UTC 2002

> I dunno.  "In a row" to me suggests facing broadside, not
> follow-the-leader fashion in a file or line.

The image I get when I hear this is of a certain kind of lower middle
class living room somewhere in Britain in the 1950s or 1960s, with a
set of three hand-painted plaster ducks marching in a neat line up
the wall above the fireplace.

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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