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Difference between Duck shoot and Shoot ahead of the duck

duck shoot—(U.S. coll.) a very easy task:

  • The market gets crowded after midday and is a duck-shoot for pickpockets.

shoot ahead of the duck—think and plan ahead; try to anticipate future tendencies:

  • When you adopt a new technology, shoot ahead of the duck. Look at what you do today in terms of longer trends…