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I'm a light snack for a panda;
For my purpose, "Get a duck!"
I hear knights do well without me;
AA members? They'd be stuck!

What Am I?

I didn't say, "Perhaps knights do well without me." I didn't say "Maybe knights do well without me." Both of those would have fit my sense of meter just fine. I chose "I hear" for a reason.

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  • $\begingroup$ Why "for a loss of reputation"? $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 8, 2017 at 1:21
  • $\begingroup$ @R.Dye Sorry for your loss then. $\endgroup$
    – EKons
    Commented Oct 8, 2017 at 8:04
  • $\begingroup$ @JavaSciptCoder For a "comedown." A "loss of reputation." $\endgroup$
    – user41265
    Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 21:19

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And I am going to build on @WeShall's answer who build on @ZachThePilot's answer.

It is...

(parachute) Canopy (actually, "Parachutes.")

I'm a light snack for a panda

Panda eat's mostly leaves, stems and shoots of various bamboo species, two of them would be a pair-of-shoots, a light snack. A light snack is also a Canape

For my purpose, "Get a duck!"

"get a duck to do it" means get someone else to do something; you can get someone else to make your canape's and also you can offer fois gras (goose or duck liver) as a canape

I hear knights do well without me

Pavilions (canopies) are the best I can do here.

AA members? They'd be stuck !!

All Americans were the 82nd Airborne Division. While they'd be in a jam w/o guns I'd say this is more likely a play on words, they'd be stuck without their parachutes, especially if their canopy doesn't open.

** UPDATE **

Ok, tried again but I'm not at all sure how some fit.

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  • $\begingroup$ You still haven't quite got it, but you've come closer than anyone else. Still, there were never any type of firearms intended in any of this . . . And I still haven't heard anything decent . . . 8-P @Paul – R. Dye 24 mins ago add a comment $\endgroup$
    – user41265
    Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 2:28
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry @R.Dye that's the best I can come up with. $\endgroup$
    – Paul
    Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 17:41
  • $\begingroup$ OK. You finally said "parachutes." No one else used the entire word. I would have taken "parachute" (singular), even though that does not quite fit the first line. "I hear" refers to a homophones clue. What sounds like "knights," and what do they do just fine without parachutes? And the main purpose of a parachute? Well, if you want to do that, you could just get a duck. A goose would work, too. @Paul $\endgroup$
    – user41265
    Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 19:24
  • $\begingroup$ Complete explanation: "PARACHUTES." "For a loss or reputation"="A comedown. "A light snack for a panda"="Pair o' Shoots." "For my purpose, get a duck!" ("Getting down.."). "I hear Knights" = "Nights" "do well without me"=Night falls just fine without a parachute. "AA members, they'd be stuck."=Members of the 82nd Airbourne, the paratroopers, who would be stuck without parachutes. (I was told, by a retire 82nd member, that AA was "Anti-Aircraft." He lied. It's "All American.") ALSO, while paratroopers cannot jump without parachutes, Knights (in chess) can jump. $\endgroup$
    – user41265
    Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 21:35
  • $\begingroup$ @R.Dye is also Anti-Aircraft. There's a lot of acronym overload in the military. $\endgroup$
    – Paul
    Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 23:10
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My best guess:

A shoot!

  • A light snack for a Panda

Bamboo is classified as a shoot

  • For my purpose: Get a duck!

If you are being shot at, ducking is an obvious reaction

  • I hear knights do well without me

I am reminded of the book "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court" when an engineer is transported back to the days of knights and nobles, and wins a jousting tournament with his trusty six-shoot

  • AA members, they'd be stuck

This one gave me the most trouble. The best AA I could come up with was "all American" a common sports term. This makes sense because Americans are often very attached to their guns

Not 100% certain, but I think I'm close

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  • $\begingroup$ You got the part about the panda-snack partly right. You're very close. The rest, not so much. For example, what your saying is, "For the purpose of "a shoot," get a duck! But this does not quite make sense. If you're going to look at the third line, use the entire line! The all-American part is a miss, but looking at those letters carefully might get you around to what you need. The title is also a hint, if you rephrase part with another word that means the same thing. If you can get that, I expect everything to fall into place. ;-). $\endgroup$
    – user41265
    Commented Oct 8, 2017 at 19:59
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe the panda snack refers to 'Eats(,) Shoots and Leaves'? $\endgroup$
    – boboquack
    Commented Oct 8, 2017 at 20:27
  • $\begingroup$ Huh. How about that? ;-) @boboquack. (Oh, and that "your" in my comment above is a typo. Yeh. A typo.) $\endgroup$
    – user41265
    Commented Oct 8, 2017 at 21:53
  • $\begingroup$ @ZachThePilot Forgot to @ you. Check comment above. And the "your" is a typo. Nothing more. Clear? ;-) $\endgroup$
    – user41265
    Commented Oct 8, 2017 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ @ZachThePilot Ack! You were more right than I knew! Check "you're" answer again, as you have something else right. If I tell you, it will give too much away, and take some of the fun. Suffice it to say (for now), someone told me (incorrectly) that it meant something else!. &$@%#!!! $\endgroup$
    – user41265
    Commented Oct 8, 2017 at 22:09
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Well, I guess it could be a (though a partial answer)

bamboo

As,

I'm a light snack for a panda;

A panda feeds generally on bamboo shoots / trees

For my purpose, "Get a duck!"

To be explored ...

I hear knights do well without me;

Here, knights refer to knights in Chess, who can jump for which they do not require bamboo poles (usually used in pole vaults / such high jumps)

AA members? They'd be stuck!

Not sure, but AA is for Alcoholics Anonymous and fermentation of few types of spirits/breweries involve bamboo sticks (refer: https://books.google.co.in/books?isbn=9712305058) and AA members cannot proceed without these bamboo sticks, perhaps!

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  • $\begingroup$ LOLOLOL! You are pretty far off on most of this, but you did come up with another use of "knights" than I intended, the chess one. So you are correct that "Knights [in chess can jump] 'do well' without me." But you failed to account for the rest of line 3, which was chosen with purpose. @Mea Culpa Nay. Do I need to provide another hint? $\endgroup$
    – user41265
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 16:22
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I am going to build on @ZachThePilot's answer.

It is...

Shoot

I'm a light snack for a panda

Panda eat's mostly leaves, stems and shoots of various bamboo species

For my purpose, "Get a duck!"

Find a duck, let's go shooting

I hear knights do well without me

Knights use swords. They don't shoot opponents. They would be just fine.

AA members? They'd be stuck !!

Alcoholics Anonymous !? They would be stuck if there was a photoshoot

For a loss of reputation...

Oh Shoot !! I totally forgot to include this.

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  • $\begingroup$ No. Sorry. I already said what the AA was in a comment above, and it isn't Alcoholics Anonymous. $\endgroup$
    – user41265
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 19:28

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