lame duck

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - lame duck

"lame duck"

someone or something that is disabled, helpless, ineffective, or inefficient but has the possibility of rehabilitation


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - lame duck

"lame duck"

an elected officeholder whose term of office has not yet expired but who has failed to be re-elected and therefore cannot get much political support for initiatives


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - lame duck

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I heard you took a CEO job with a company that is in trouble?

Friend 2:  Yes. The company is in financial trouble. There are also some workforce issues but I see huge potential in the technology that the company produces. I believe it just needs the right management.

Friend 1:  So, your idea is to sign on with this lame duck and work your magic to create a profitable success?

Friend 2:  Exactly.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - lame duck

Two mothers are talking ...

Mother 1:  I suppose that we can't expect much from the current Parent-Teacher Association.

Mother 2:  With elections having just finished and the incumbent president not scheduled to start for two more weeks, the current president has become a lame duck.

Mother 1:  I suppose whatever measures were adopted would just be overturned by the incoming president.

Mother 2:  Precisely. We should just take a two-week break from our PTA duties.

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lame duck - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for lame duck.

lame duck - Examples:

1)  ... boards from approving employee contracts from six weeks before an election or during the "lame duck" period between the election and the seating of new members. 

2)  ... get done in his final year in office. He's now a lame duck and the Democratically controlled Legislature now smells blood ...

3)  ... tag of partisan bias, especially if he appoints them in election years or during lame duck periods.

4)  This year's lame duck possibilities initially included an effort to go after the pension benefits of unionized teachers ...

5)  At present I am rather a lame duck, having scalded my left arm and sprained the muscles of my right one ...

6)  ... and alleged constant interference from his predecessor undermined his leadership, reducing him to a lame duck chairman.

7)  ... but probably not until the seventh loss. Fitzpatrick is a lame duck (a free agent after the season), so it makes sense to trade him.

8)  ... about returning to the tried and failed policies of the past -- state hand-outs for lame duck industries, semi-corrupt favours to particular industries and companies, ...

9)  ... she had been keeping her true intentions secret from the public to avoid becoming a lame duck mayor.

10)  ... plunged into a virtual state of paralysis, with officers regarding Sir Ian as a lame duck chief no longer in charge of his force.

11)  As someone who has frequently been disappointed in the past by lame duck reporting, I wanted to show my support and let you know that we ...

12)  ... the police station demanding arrest of the attackers accusing the police of being a lame duck.

13)  ... can't allow poly marriages because they are too complex to deal with is a lame duck.

14)  The non-existence of security, exposing the former prime minister and making her a lame duck when a sniper shooter could fire from point blank range, ...

15)  ... accused the Left Front government of creating the TTAADC only as a "lame duck institution" without any real powers.

16)  ... very, very slowly. And when they do, they're always some lame duck compromise.

17)  Force leaders believe they will be left with a 'lame duck' senior officer whose reputation is in tatters.

18)  The term lame duck was used to describe defaulters on the London stock exchange in the 18th century.

19)  We don't think so. We think he may become a lame duck under this environment.

20)  ... with our teams generally benefiting from playing more in the way of "lame duck" outfits in the 2016 competition, the quest suddenly looks freshly attainable.