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Dictionary Definition

duds n : informal terms for clothing [syn: togs, threads]

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duds (plural of obsolete form dud)
  1. In the context of "UK|dated": Clothing, especially those for work or of rough appearance.
    • 1890, William Morris, News from Nowhere, in the journal The Commonweal. (First published in book form 1890.)
      I looked at what I could see of my rough blue duds, which I had plenty of opportunity of contrasting with the gay attire of the citizens we had come across; ...


Extensive Definition

A Dangerous Unexploded Device (DUD) is an ammunition round or explosive that fails to fire or detonate, respectively, on time or on command. Duds are still dangerous and have to be de-activated and disposed of carefully. Poorly designed devices (for example, IEDs), and small devices, have higher chances of being dud.
The variation absolute dud describes a nuclear weapon that fails to explode.
Although dud rounds have failed to function as designed, they are still dangerous, and can explode if handled. In war-torn areas, many curious children have been injured or killed from tampering with such devices. Dud fireworks should be destroyed by soaking in water. No attempts to re-light them should be made. People should keep away from dud ammunition and should call proper authorities who can safely handle and remove it.
By extension, "dud" has become a slang word for anything that doesn't work or is defective. There is also a candy called Milk Duds, named for the fact that it was impossible to get them perfectly round.
"Duds" has also become popular slang for clothing, as in "Hey Faris, nice duds!"

See also

duds in Hebrew: נפל תחמושת
duds in Japanese: 不発弾
duds in Polish: niewypał

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