- a person or thing that is disabled or ineffectual
- a speculator who cannot discharge his liabilities
- US an elected official or body of officials remaining in office in the interval between the election and inauguration of a successor
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ˈlame ˈduck, n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
Governmentan elected official or group continuing in office during the time between an election defeat and when the new person takes office.
anyone or anything soon to be replaced by another.
an ineffective person or thing.
lame-duck, adj.: a lame-duck president.
- Governmentan elected official or group of officials, as a legislator, continuing in office during the period between an election defeat and a successor's assumption of office.
- Governmenta president who is completing a term of office and chooses not to run or is ineligible to run for reelection.
- a person finishing a term of employment after a replacement has been chosen.
- anything soon to be supplanted by another that is more efficient, economical, etc.
- a person or thing that is disabled, helpless, ineffective, or inefficient.
- a person who has lost a great deal of money in speculations on the stock market.
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