weak sister


Definition of weak sister

: a member of a group who needs aid also : something weak and ineffective as compared with others in a group

Examples of weak sister in a Sentence

The company is no longer a weak sister among auto producers.
Recent Examples on the Web After the Civil War and the advent of metallic cartridges, the Navy was often converted to use the .38 Short Colt cartridge, which was a similarly weak sister. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Wild West Guns that Hollywood Forgot," 10 June 2020 Remember, retinol is the weaker sister to the prescription-grade retinoids, and the prescription-grade retinoids are the ones that are clinically proven to show the best results on skin. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Does Dirty Lemon's Drinkable Retinol Really Make You Look Fresh-Faced?," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of weak sister

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Weak sister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weak%20sister. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of weak sister

US : a member of a group that is weak or unsuccessful in comparison to others in the group

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