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–duckplay \ˈlām-ˈdək\ adjective
Examples of lame duck in a sentence
The President was a lame duck during the end of his second term.
First Known Use of 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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