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English definition of “lame duck”

lame duck

noun [C] uk   us  

lame duck noun [C] (UNSUCCESSFUL)

an unsuccessful person or thingUnsuccessful (people and things)

lame duck noun [C] (POLITICS)

an elected official whose power is reduced because the person who will replace them has already been electedUnited States politics and governmentElections
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