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a. An elected officeholder or group continuing in office during the period between failure to win an election and the inauguration of a successor.
b. An officeholder who has chosen not to run for reelection or is ineligible for reelection.
2. An ineffective person; a weakling.
[Originally 18th-century British stock exchange slang, defaulter, one who has defaulted on debts (perhaps because such defaulters were likened to injured ducks waddling away from Change Alley, the narrow London side street where share trading was carried out in coffeehouses; compare similar zoomorphic 18th-century stock market terms, such as bear and bull).]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. a person or thing that is disabled or ineffectual
2. (Stock Exchange) stock exchange a speculator who cannot discharge his or her liabilities
3. (Commerce) a company with a large workforce and high prestige that is unable to meet foreign competition without government support
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. an elected official or body of officials remaining in office in the interval between the election and inauguration of a successor
b. (as modifier): a lame-duck president.
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (modifier) US designating a term of office after which the officeholder will not run for re-election
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. an elected official or group continuing in office in the period between an election defeat and a successor's assumption of office.
2. a president who is completing a term of office and chooses not to run or is ineligible to run for reelection.
3. anyone or anything soon to be supplanted by another.
4. a person or thing that is disabled, ineffective, or inefficient.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
An elected representative or administration that has failed to win re-election but continues in power until the inauguration of the winner of the last election.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
lame duckn (person) → persona inetta; (firm) → azienda traballante
a lame duck president (Am) presidente uscente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995