a lame duck

a lame duck

 
1. a person or company that is in trouble and needs help In under two years, it was transformed from a state-owned lame duck into a successful company.
2. someone, especially an elected official, who cannot influence events any more, often because their job is going to end soon The Mayor intends to run for re-election to avoid being thought of as a lame duck. (mainly American)
See also: duck, lame
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He told MPs: "I'll tell you what is a lame duck and that is trying to get into Downing Street on the back of Alex Salmond's coat-tails.
A lame duck is an elected official whose power has waned after being defeated for re-election, deciding not to run again, or not running again because term limits won't allow it.
How well Obama handles the challenges in the concentrated amount of time before him could determine whether he leads the nation from a position of strength or whether he becomes a lame duck one year into his second term.
They have branded Mr Hunt a lame duck and Mr Cameron is widely expected to ditch his Culture Secretary in a reshuffle after Mr Hunt has overseen the Olympic Games.
Instead of being a lame duck, let it rise from the ashes and become a phoenix as St Peter's has.
According to William Safire's "Political Dictionary," a lame duck is a wounded creature, "An officeholder whose power is diminished because he is soon to leave office as a result of defeat or statutory limitation.
You are on record as supporting a Lame Duck session of Congress to pass unpopular legislation and advance a liberal political agenda.
The spirit of the local community is discovered because of a lame duck, and the generous spirit of two young girls.
You might be a lame duck, but you still have the power to help lame turkeys," PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a letter to Bush.
As you can probably guess, I'm not so much a lame duck now as a dead duck" - Robert Tuttle, US Ambassador to London.
It means two months of nongovernment, although many would argue that the Bush team is already a lame duck administration.
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the University of Southern California said now that Schwarzenegger is a lame duck and Assembly Republicans have chosen a more assertive leader -- Assemblyman Michael Villines, R-Fresno -- there is no longer the motivation to play nice.
As Bush becomes a lame duck and the presidential race begins without a consensus nominee, a party that has papered over every choice about its direction will meet reality.
Before control of Congress passes to the Democrats in January, the 109th Congress will return to Washington this week for a lame duck session to complete work on unfinished business, including action on domestic spending.
He said he will not be a lame duck, but "will continue to give this my very best between now and the General Synod.