limp-wristed


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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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It is ironic that the government's limp-wristed response to the recommendations thrown up by the Competition Commission's groceries inquiry should have been delivered by BERR, the Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform ('Hard line shirked by government', The Grocer, 2 August, p5).
After watching the limp-wristed attempt at Premiership survival last season by players, many of whom earn my annual salary a week, I decided that the game is the worse for money and I would no longer stretch my resources to watch and fund it.
But it can also do them harm and Heath Ledger may regret making this limp-wristed lump of nothing come March 5.
Villa should drop the limp-wristed powder blue from their their strip and go for all-claret (although that's a bit ducky).
Although not quite, of course - unless you're the type of limp-wristed namby-pamby who thinks pondering eternal verities makes you superior to good, honest folk who prefer to ponder more immediate ones.
The gay male characters in Bollywood movies are lame, cartoonish, limp-wristed types, so it seems like a lot of gay people are perpetuating this stereotype.
Yes, that is the question, the limp-wristed intellectuals, the ``peace at any price'' prattlers and the purely partisan, political pygmies are hard at it - And ``the native hue of resolution is sicklied o'er with the pale cast'' of timidity and indecision.
Swishy rather than sultry, limp-wristed when it could have been hot-headed, Saturday Night seemed too much sugar and not enough spice to live up to such truly great music.
All too often, representations of gay life have a minstrel show flavor, as though only by caricaturing themselves as limp-wristed queens might gays be allowed a place in the spotlight.
That awful opener summed up Bolton's limp-wristed performance.
Sure, the ed will get you around with zero emissions and return the equivalent of 300mpg, but everything about the car is limp-wristed.
While the female of the species in Freedom Jones's script lacks personality, the gay characters are limp-wristed stereotypes who whoop: "I love the smell of pom-poms in the morning
It seems I was in a minority in thinking their debut album was astonishingly limp-wristed, but their follow up, Wall Of Arms, is a much grander, more powerful and complicated piece of work.
The limp-wristed legal system meant he served half that time.
He was voted Funniest Man On Television by TV Times readers But his limp-wristed character - whose catchphrase was "I'm free