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"lame" in British English

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uk   us   /leɪm/
  • lame adjective (UNABLE TO WALK)

(​especially of ​animals) not ​able to ​walkcorrectly because of ​physicalinjury to or ​weakness in the ​legs or ​feet
adverb uk   us   /-li/
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/

laménoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈlɑː.meɪ/
a ​type of ​cloth with ​threads of ​gold or ​silver in it: gold/​silver lamé
(Definition of lame from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lame" in American English

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lameadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /leɪm/
not ​able to ​walkcorrectly because of ​physicalinjury or ​weakness of the ​legs or ​feet
(esp. of an ​excuse or ​argument) ​weak and not ​deserving to be ​believed: Saying she’d ​lost her ​homework was a ​pretty lame ​excuse, if you ​ask me.
(Definition of lame from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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