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Difference between Get a duck and Get the bird

get a duck(Sport) fail to score (also: get a duck’s egg ):

  • Life is very much like cricket: Some get scores and some “a duck.”

get the bird

1. (Theater) be hissed by the audience:

  • You should have been there when Caballe got the bird—deservedly, I fear.

2. (coll.) be dismissed from employment:

  • When you were ill, I stole for you. I got the bird for it.

See also: give someone the bird / have a bird.