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. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    The president nominates. The Senate confirms. The American people should have a voice, not this lame duck president out the door.

  3. Chief Executive Lance Fritz:

    It's a really hard call, it's very difficult to move anything in a lame duck session... but we'd like to see that and we'd really encourage that.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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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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