from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An elected officeholder or group continuing in office during the period between failure to win an election and the inauguration of a successor.
- noun An officeholder who has chosen not to run for reelection or is ineligible for reelection.
- noun An ineffective person; a weakling.
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- noun colloquial A person or thing that is
helpless, inefficientor disabled.
- noun US, politics An
elected officialwho has lost the recent election or is not eligiblefor reelectionand is marking timeuntil leaving office.
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- noun an elected official still in office but not slated to continue
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18th century - A person who had defaulted in the London Stock Exchange was said to waddle out of Exchange Alley like a lame duck.
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