lame duck

lame duck ˌlame ˈduck noun [countable] informal
1. a politician or a government that no longer has any real power or authority:

• A bad defeat for his party in October risks making him a lame duck for the remaining two years of his presidency.

2. COMMERCE a company that is losing a lot of money:

• We don't have time to fix broken companies and we won't be buying any lame ducks.

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lame duck UK US noun [C]
an unsuccessful person, thing, or organization: »

A lot of time and effort goes into supporting employees who are essentially lame ducks.

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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.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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