Lame duck

Definition of Lame duck

See under Lame.
(Stock Exchange) a person who can not fulfill his contracts.
An elected politician who is completing a term after having been defeated at an election; also, an office holder who cannot or chooses not to run again for the same office; - So called from the presumed lack of political power of one who is soon to be out of office.
Any office holder who is serving out a term after a replacement has been selected.

See also: Duck Lame Lame Lame

Related Words

adventurer, also-ran, aspirant, baby kisser, bankrupt, big operator, candidate, dark horse, defeated candidate, dud, failure, favorite son, gunslinger, holdover, hopeful, incumbent, ins, insolvent, insolvent debtor, jack-in-office, margin purchaser, new broom, office seeker, office-bearer, officeholder, operator, plunger, political hopeful, president-elect, presidential timber, public official, public servant, running mate, scalper, smart operator, speculator, stag, stalking-horse
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