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It means “It’s freezing cold” but literally means: “It’s a cold of duck“
This expression comes from duck hunting, which is practiced mostly during winter. During the hunt, the hunter must remain motionless, on the lookout, and let the cold penetrate him to the bone while waiting for one of his poor victims to get close enough.
This is an informal expression. Juste like “Ça caille” (It’s freezing)
Use instead “Il fait froid” (It’s cold) for formal contexts.