Definitions for lame duck
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an elected official or group continuing in office in the period between an election defeat and a successor's assumption of office.
a president who is completing a term of office and chooses not to run or is ineligible to run for reelection.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Government
anyone or anything soon to be supplanted by another.
a person or thing that is disabled, ineffective, or inefficient.
Origin of lame duck:
an elected official still in office but not slated to continue
A person or thing that is helpless, inefficient or disabled.
An elected official who has lost the recent election or is not eligible for reelection and is marking time until leaving office.
Origin: 18th century - A person who had defaulted in the London Stock Exchange was said to waddle out of Exchange Alley like a lame duck.