lame duck


lame duck

noun

: 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
:  one that is weak or that falls behind in ability or achievement; especially chiefly British :  an ailing company
2
:  an elected official or group continuing to hold political office during the period between the election and the inauguration of a successor
3
:  one whose position or term of office will soon end
lame–duck \ˈlām-ˈdək\ adjective

Examples of LAME DUCK

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

First Known Use of LAME DUCK

1761

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