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lame duck

noun

Simple Definition of lame duck

  • : an elected official whose time in an office or position will soon end

  • : a person, company, etc., that is weak or unsuccessful and needs help

Full Definition of lame duck

  1. 1 :  one that is weak or that falls behind in ability or achievement; especially chiefly British :  an ailing company

  2. 2 :  an elected official or group continuing to hold political office during the period between the election and the inauguration of a successor

  3. 3 :  one whose position or term of office will soon end

lame–duck play \ˈlām-ˈdək\ adjective

Examples of lame duck

  1. The President was a lame duck during the end of his second term.



1761

First Known Use of lame duck

1761


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