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1. Weak; lacking force or conviction. Many have criticized the president's limp-wristed response to the attack, calling for him to authorize a full-fledged military strike.
2. (usually of a man) Weak; effeminate; lacking qualities typically associated with masculinity. (Often used in a pejorative 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.

(limp) dishrag

n. a totally helpless person; a cowardly and spineless person. He’s sweet, but he’s a dishrag.
See also: dishrag, limp
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He offers me the limpest bit of wet cod you have ever come across in your life.
But it was hard to work out what the seriously talented - and seriously cute - Ms Portman was doing in the limpest rom-com I have ever had the misfortune to sit through.
What does seem likely, though, is that his Wall Street comrades will feel the limpest of wrist-slaps, a real contrast to the public beheading that real working Americans will experience at the mercy of a guillotine of outsized and outrageous new regulations.
FRANK HADDEN branded Scotland's display in yesterday's RBS Six Nations opener against Wales as their limpest for almost three years.
FRANK Hadden branded Scotland's display in yesterday's Six Nations opener against Wales as their limpest for almost three years.
Close friend Billy Connolly, who first met Mike when he was at Edinburgh with The Scaffold, said: "For me, the most powerful aspect of the Highlands is their rather curious melancholy, which can drive the limpest of hands in a poetic direction.
Nijinsky had not been sexually satisfied by the effete Diaghilev, whose determination and control predominated only in public; his handshake was the limpest you could find.