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limp-wristed

1. Weak; lacking force or conviction. Use with caution due to meaning 2. Many have criticized the president's limp-wristed response to the attack, calling for him to authorize a full-fledged military strike.
2. offensive Weak and effeminate; lacking qualities typically associated with masculinity. Used in a derogatory way to imply that a man is homosexual. He was at first dismissed out of hand by many as just a limp-wristed fop, but he proved himself to be one of the toughest litigators in the country.
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This privileged mummy's boy sickens me with his puny physique, his lack of grit, his limp wristed pumping of his fist as he scrambles a winning point against somebody ranked about 180 in Chile
Gay men aren't typically anything - and certainly not typically effeminate or limp wristed - just as not all heterosexual men are beer-swilling sports fanatics.
Small wonder when the police seem to have lost the will to catch criminals - it's far easier to hide behind a speed gun - and the judiciary is often too limp wristed to do anything about it.
I'd like to think that Brexit would put a stop to this stupidity but, alas, I doubt it as we have enough limp wristed liberal do gooders of our own making without the intervention of Brussels.
In an apparent reference to statements by London Mayor Boris Johnson and British prime minister David Cameron that the killings had nothing to do with Islam, BNP sneered: "We have our limp wristed politicians to blame as they have stood by with their heads buried deep in their troughs, feathering their nests and getting fat off the land whilst the dark cloud of Islam has grown ever bigger.
It's difficult to watch all of the borders of Bahrain to see who is limp wristed or not," he said.