Examples of lame duck in a Sentence
The President was a lame duck during the end of his second term.
Recent Examples of lame duck from the Web
Although a lame duck, Corker will be a crucial player in the upcoming debate about the president’s likely decertification of Iran from compliance with a nuclear deal, and in any Senate confirmations of ambassadors or a new secretary of State.
The Buckeyes have their first two commitments from Tennessee under Meyer at a time when the Volunteers are 3-2 and appear to have a lame duck head coach.
The football world will be watching how Oakland fans respond to the fact that the Raiders are a lame duck team for two and possibly three seasons, as the franchise is building a stadium in Las Vegas that will open in 2020.
As lame duck governor, Cowper decided to visit the Northwest Arctic Borough — not to look for votes but to show his respect to the people of the region.
For another example, see New Jersey where lame duck Republican Gov. Chris Christie has raided the not-for-profit health insurer Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield to finance rising state health-care costs.
House rules require members to step down as chairperson after 6 years, so Smith was already a lame duck.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has gone from lame duck premier dogged by a party corruption scandal to the country's unlikely savior.
Losing to a likely lame duck coach, though, would sour things for the third-year coach.
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First Known Use of lame duck
Financial Definition of LAME DUCK
What It Is
A lame duck is a person who has gone bankrupt or is in default. In politics, a lame duck is a politician whose tenure is about to end.
How It Works
For example, let's say John Doe has lost money on every trade he has made during the last 20 months. He is a lame duck.
LAME DUCK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lame duck for English Language Learners
: 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
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