1. countable noun [oft N n] If you describe someone or something as a lame duck, you are critical of them because they are not successful and need to be helped a lot. [disapproval] ⇒ Look, I'm not one of your lame ducks. ⇒ ...lame-duck industries. 2. countable noun [usu N n] If you refer to a politician or a government as a lame duck, you mean that they have little real power, for example because their period of office is coming to an end. ⇒ He must recognise by now that he will be a one-term, increasingly lame duck president. ⇒ ...a lame duck government.
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