There is the following sentence in the ending part of Jeffery Archer’s “The Forth Estate,” which I waded to after months.
In the showdown of the media owner Dick Armstrong and Sir Paul Maitland, Chairman of the media, who is critical about Armstrong’s foolhardy takeover at a board meeting, Armstrong says;
“Perhaps I deserve some praise for this monumental achievement rather than the continual carping criticism I get from a chairman whose idea of enterprise is to feed the duck on Epsom Downs.” – P 672.
I surmise an idea of the enterprise to “feed the duck on Epsom Downs” means to consider the activity of the enterprise as a petty charity, but I’m not sure.
Is “feed the duck on Epsom Downs” a popular phrase? Does the name of place (Epsom Downs, a pond, the lake) vary by the locale?