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lame duck

noun [C]
 
 
an unsuccessful person, thing, or organization: A lot of time and effort goes into supporting employees who are essentially lame ducks. This is regarded by many as a lame-duck initiative that has failed to deliver its promises.
POLITICS an elected official whose power is reduced because the person who will replace them has already been elected: The two years he has before he's perceived as a lame duck will be the most powerful period of his presidency.
a person in a position of authority in a company or organization whose power is reduced because their time in the job is about to end: It's frustrating that the present MD is a lame duck and can't really change anything very much.
Translations of “lame duck”
in Chinese (Traditional) 不成功的, 不太成功的人(或事物)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不成功的, 不太成功的人(或事物)…
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