What does lame duck mean?

Definitions for lame duck

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lame duck(noun)

    an elected official still in office but not slated to continue


  1. lame duck(Noun)

    A person or thing that is helpless, inefficient or disabled.

  2. lame duck(Noun)

    An elected official who has lost the recent election or is not eligible for reelection and is marking time until leaving office.

  3. 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.


  1. Lame duck

    A lame duck is an elected official who is approaching the end of his or her tenure, especially one whose successor has already been elected.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lame duck in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lame duck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Orrin Hatch:

    A lot of people on something this important do not want to have it passed or rejected by a lame duck Congress.

  2. British Prime Minister David Cameron:

    I'll tell him what is a lame duck, and that is trying to get into Downing Street on the back of Alex Salmond’s coat tails, never mind talk of ducks, I am looking at Alex Salmond’s poodle.

  3. Cristina Martin Firvida:

    I do n’t know why this had to be done on Day One, it makes it much less likely that we ’ll deal with the disability problem until the lame duck session - and that wo n’t provide a good result for American taxpayers.

  4. The Atlantic Molly Ball:

    It's a real wild card in the House whether (Speaker John) Boehner is going to be empowered by this larger majority or whether they're going to be a bigger thorn in his side in the way we've seen in the past, so as we look to whether the relative harmony and lack of drama of this lame-duck period can continue in the new Congress, I think that's going to be a major factor.

  5. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    It is possible for Congress to carefully consider the details of this agreement and to review all of the benefits associated with this agreement for states and communities all across the country without kicking the vote all the way to the lame duck period, there is no reason that we need to wait that long, and particularly when you consider the views that have been shared by some leaders in the business community about how important it is for this agreement to get implemented so that American workers and American businesses can start reaping the businesses.

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Translations for lame duck

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • incapacitadoSpanish
  • siipirikkoFinnish
  • canard boiteuxFrench
  • nieudacznica, nieudacznikPolish
  • бедолага, неудачница, бедняга, несчастненький, неудачникRussian
  • krake, stackare, veklingSwedish

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