lame duck

noun

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 in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of lame duck

1761


LAME DUCK Defined for English Language Learners

lame duck

noun

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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