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lame joke

A joke that is deemed (often by the listener) to be corny or otherwise not amusing. A: "Come on, isn't that funny?" B: "It's kind of a lame joke, mom." My date clearly thinks he's hilarious, but all I heard was a bunch of lame jokes.
See also: joke, lame

lame duck

1. Someone or something that needs help. The company started as a lame duck that was saved by an innovative entrepreneur who decided to take some risks and go in a new direction.
2. An elected official serving their last term in office, usually so-called after a successor has been elected. The opposing party was angry at the president's intention to name a Supreme Court replacement while he was a lame duck.
See also: duck, lame

lame duck

1. Fig. someone who is in the last period of a term in an elective office and cannot run for reelection. You can't expect much from a lame duck. As a lame duck, there's not a lot I can do.
2. Fig. having to do with someone in the last period of a term in an elective office. (Used as an adjective; sometimes lame-duck.) You don't expect much from a lame-duck president. Lame-duck Congresses tend to do things they wouldn't dare do otherwise.
See also: duck, lame

lame duck

An elected officeholder whose term of office has not yet expired but who has failed to be re-elected and therefore cannot garner much political support for initiatives. For example, You can't expect a lame duck President to get much accomplished; he's only got a month left in office . This expression originated in the 1700s and then meant a stockbroker who did not meet his debts. It was transferred to officeholders in the 1860s. The Lame Duck Amendment, 20th to the U.S. Constitution, calls for Congress and each new President to take office in January instead of March (as before), thereby eliminating the lame-duck session of Congress.
See also: duck, lame

a lame duck

1. If a politician or a government is a lame duck, they have little real power, for example because their period of office is coming to an end. The government is headed by a president who looks like a lame duck. The last thing people needed was to feel that the government was a lame duck. Note: You can also use lame-duck before a noun. He's already seen widely as a lame-duck Prime Minister. He would have found himself leading a lame-duck administration to near-certain defeat.
2. If someone or something is a lame duck, they are in a very weak position and in need of support. The company has completed its transformation from the lame duck of the motor industry into a quality car maker. Moira considers all single people lame ducks. Note: You can also use lame-duck before a noun. It is not right to use taxpayers' money to support lame-duck industries. Note: This expression is usually used to criticize someone or something. Note: The image here is of a duck that has been shot and wounded, and so cannot move properly and is likely to die.
See also: duck, lame

help a lame dog over a stile

come to the aid of a person in need.
See also: dog, help, lame, over

lame duck

a person or thing that is powerless or in need of help. informal
In the mid 18th century, lame duck was used in a stock-market context, with reference to a person or company that could not fulfil their financial obligations. Later, from the mid 19th century, it was used specifically with reference to US politicians in the final period of office, after the election of their successor.
1998 Spectator At some point in his second and final term, every president becomes a lame duck: as the man himself matters less, so does the office.
See also: duck, lame

a ˌlame ˈduck

(informal) a person or an organization that is not very successful and needs help: My uncle is a bit of a lame duck. The family has to help him all the time.The shipping industry had become a lame duck.
See also: duck, lame


and laine and lane
1. mod. inept; inadequate; undesirable. That guy’s so lame, it’s pitiful.
2. n. a square person. (Streets. Underworld.) Let’s see if that lame over there has anything we want in his pockets.
3. n. an inept person. The guy turned out to be a lame, and we had to fire him.

lame duck

1. n. someone who is in the last period of a term in an elective office. You can’t expect much from a lame duck.
2. mod. having to do with someone in the last period of a term in an elective office. You don’t expect much from a lame duck president.
See also: duck, lame


and lame-brain
1. n. a fool. Please don’t call me a lamebrain. I do my best.
2. and lamebrained mod. foolish. No more of your lamebrained ideas!


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79) The more difficult problem was to determine whether an administrative decision demonstrated adequate regard for Charter values like freedom of expression, a problem which stemmed back to the subtle disagreement between Lamer J and Dickson CJ in Slaight Communications.
The reasons of Justice Lamer noted that the truly novel feature of the Charter was not that it invited substantive review of legislation, which had always been part of constitutional federalism adjudication, but rather that the Charter extended the scope of that review to individual rights, and not simply the powers of government.
While the SCC was working on the Grant decision, Don Stuart argued that the division between conscripted and non-conscripted evidence first discussed by Chief Justice Lamer in Collins and re-affirmed by Justice Cory in Stillman must be dissolved.
Beyond the methodological issues, Lamer has problems with Moore's thinking on key issues.
Cet article se propose d'etudier les motifs de desaccord a la Cour supreme du Canada sous ha direction da juge en chef Antonio Lamer, et d'examiner les effets du desaccord judiciaire sur la definition du role de la Cour et l'evaluation de sa performance.
But we believe, as history renders its judgment on Lamer, Native people will see that he was a friend because he believed in justice for all, not just the rich and powerful.
Lamer has rightly referred to the piece as "my first beautiful artwork.
Justice Lamer stated that, "It is essential to the morale of CF members that their grievances be addressed in a fair, transparent, and prompt manner.
For almost 30 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Poling grow from year to year, helping our customers with consistent service," said Frank Lamer, Vice President of Poling Express.
La decision dans le Renvoi sur la Motor Vehicle Act est surtout celebre en raison de l'opinion du juge Lamer (4) qui affirme que les principes de justice fondamentale ont un contenu non seulement procedural (comme l'avaient laisse entendre les porte-paroles du Ministere de la Justice lors des audiences avant l'adoption de la Charte canadienne des droits et libertes (5)), mais egalement un contenu substantif.
He received sound support from Danny Caine (22), Yannick Parker (20), and Jason Lamer (17).
When the Supreme Court of Canada was asked in the 1993 Rodriguez case to decide if Canadians have a constitutional right to assisted suicide, former chief justice Antonio Lamer responded: "In my opinion, the Court should answer this question without reference to the philosophical and theological considerations fuelling the debate on the morality of suicide or euthanasia.
As Chief Justice Lamer said in Delgamuukw, [1997] 3 S.
Chris Tucker makes an increased amount of annoying noises linked to lamer lines.
Your insults are lamer than the Broadway Revitalization Project.