lame duck

noun

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

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Other Words from lame duck

lame-duck \ ˈlām-​ˈdək \ adjective

Examples of lame duck in a Sentence

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

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But if the House is forced to consider contentious subjects between now and November, lame duck Ryan might not be able to prevent a revolt. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "How hard will McCarthy go against Mueller?," 23 Apr. 2018 Other than the discussion of migrants, Pence’s visit appeared light on substance, as was expected given that Temer is deeply unpopular and a lame duck ahead of October elections. Washington Post, "VP Pence warns migrants not to attempt to enter US illegally," 28 June 2018 There aren’t the final months of a second-term constitutionally lame duck presidency with a presidential election fast approaching. Catherine Lucey And Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Barbed Senate words over timing of court confirmation," 28 June 2018 Of those, six presidents got nominees through as lame ducks. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "5 Reasons Why Supreme Court Nominations Have Failed," 10 July 2018 The South American country is reeling from a colossal corruption scandal, struggling to recover from a deep recession and trying to look beyond the remaining months of President Michel Temer’s lame duck administration ahead of October elections. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "US VP to focus on Venezuela in 3rd trip to Latin America," 25 June 2018 The South American country is reeling from a colossal corruption scandal, struggling to recover from a deep recession and trying to look beyond the remaining months of President Michel Temer's lame duck administration ahead of October elections. Sarah Dilorenzo, Fox News, "US VP to focus on Venezuela in 3rd trip to Latin America," 25 June 2018 The South American country is reeling from a colossal corruption scandal, struggling to recover from a deep recession and trying to look beyond the remaining months of President Michel Temer’s lame duck administration ahead of October elections. Washington Post, "US VP to focus on Venezuela in 3rd trip to Latin America," 25 June 2018 Other than the discussion of migrants, Pence’s visit appeared light on substance, as was expected given that Temer is deeply unpopular and a lame duck ahead of October elections. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "VP Pence warns migrants not to attempt to enter US illegally," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of lame duck

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lame duck

noun

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.

Why It Matters

The world of money has many colorful terms. This term is one of many that describe bad investments, bad investors and other aspects of the downside of investing.

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lame duck

noun

English Language Learners 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

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