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Idiom

Break Your Duck: Origin and Meaning

Meaning
To do something for the first time (usually after trying for a long time).
Origin
Break your duckThis is an English idiom which originates from the sport, cricket. The full phrase is “to break your duck’s egg” – “duck egg” was used in Victorian times when a cricket player scored zero (probably because the zero looked like an egg!). If a player was on zero for a long time and finally scored, he was said to have “broken his duck’s egg” (often shortened to “broken his duck”). In recent times, the expression has come to mean doing something for the first time, not just in cricket.
Examples
Bob: “How was your football match yesterday?”
Tom: “It was great, we broke our duck! We scored a goal for the first time in months!”

“I’ve wanted to open a cafe for years and last week I finally broke my duck!”

“No matter how hard I try, I can’t catch a fish when I go fishing. I really hope I break my duck tomorrow.”