weak sister

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weak sister

n. Often Offensive
1. An ineffective or undependable member of a group.
2. A person regarded as timid or indecisive.

weak sister

n
informal US a person in a group who is regarded as weak or unreliable

weak′ sis′ter


n.
1. a vacillating person; coward.
2. a part or element that undermines the whole of something; weak link.
[1855–60]
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He did persuade them to bring girl- friends for me; but I found them weak sisters, pale and ineffectual alongside the choice specimens he had.
The reason I say "unfathomable" is because Winchester's 1886 is big, heavy and many of its 10 chamberings are weak sisters by modem standards.
On the issue of unilateralism, the doctrine holds that multilateral institutions such as the United Nations are distractions at best and that European allies are weak sisters who put their own parochial interests ahead of global security.
Today's powerhouses are tomorrow's weak sisters, and vice versa.