lame duck

noun
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

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


Financial Definition of LAME DUCK

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.


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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