Ducks and Drakes
The ricocheting or rebounding of a stone thrown from the hand to skim along the surface of a pond or river.
What figured slates are best to make On watery surface duck and drake.
“Mr. Locke Harper found out, a month after his marriage, that somebody had made ducks and drakes of his wife's money.” —Dinah M. Craik: Agatha's Husband, chap. xxiii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894