Definition of Lame duck

1. Noun. An elected official still in office but not slated to continue.

Generic synonyms: Elected Official



Definition of Lame duck

1. Noun. (colloquial) A person or thing that is helpless, inefficient or disabled. ¹

2. Noun. (US politics) An elected official who has lost the recent election or is not eligible for reelection and is marking time until leaving office. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lame Duck

lambswool
lambswools
lamburger
lamburgers
lamby
lamda
lamdas
lamdoid
lamdoidal
lame
lame-brain
lame-duck
lame-ducks
lame-o
lame brain
lame duck (current term)
lame ducks
lame joke
lame jokes
lamebrain
lamebrained
lamebrains
lamed
lamedh
lamedhs
lameds
lamel
lamella
lamella of bone
lamellae

Literary usage of Lame duck

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1. Modern Dancing by Vernon Castle, Irene Castle (1914)
"IV THE HESITATION WALTZ THE WALTZ WALK THE lame duck S to the origin of the Waltz there are varied opinions. Professor Desrat claims that it came from ..."

2. Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded by John Russell Bartlett (1860)
"See lame duck and Bear. There was a same qai peut movement to-day in the stock market, and the clique of 6«ffi>-, finding it impossible to stem the rush, ..."

3. The English Spy: An Original Work, Characteristic, Satirical, and Humorous by Charles Molloy Westmacott (1826)
"Transfer Men—How to work the Telegraph— Create a Rise—Put on the Pot—Banff down the Market—And waddle out a lame duck. A BEQUEST of five hundred pounds by ..."

4. The Investor's Catechism by Marcus Mathias Reynolds (1909)
"What is a DUCK; DEAD DUCK; lame duck ? They are London Stock Exchange phrases seldom ... The "lame duck" is a broker who fails to meet his engagements, ..."

5. The Hindoos as They are: A Description of the Manners, Customs, and Inner by Ṣivachandra Vasu (1883)
"... and was so much pleased with the taste -of animal food that he could not resist the temptation to steal one day a lame duck belonging to the king, ..."

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