短语 ducks in a row 的意思是把事情组织的一丝不紊或井井有条，这是个美式英语表达。
- With the recession looming, the government has to get its ducks in a row and invest in job creation.
- The company's owner has given his managers a few days to get their ducks in a row. If they don't improve their performance he'll fire them.
值得注意的是，如果某人被形容为 a sitting duck 意思就是此人易受攻击，坐以待毙。
- The platoon ended up behind enemy lines. With no reinforcements from Central Command they were sitting ducks.