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runt of the litter

 
1. Lit. the smallest animal born in a litter; the animal in a litter least likely to survive. No one wanted to buy the runt of the litter, so we kept it.
2. and the runt of the family Fig. the smallest child in the family. I was the runt of the litter and the butt of all the jokes.
See also: litter, of, runt

runt

n. a small person; someone whose growth has been stunted. (Also a rude term of address.) He can’t play basketball. He’s just a runt.
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Production of runt eggs is usually thought to be caused by a temporary disturbance to the reproductive system (Pearl and Curtis 1916, Romanoff and Romanoff 1949).
Some things never changed, like the fact that Runt loved to play hide and seek.
We used data from STxQRP and Hernandez (1999) to estimate the frequency of runt eggs in Northern Bobwhite.
There are many life lessons Runt learns the hard way in the story, which can teach children about the importance of believing in yourself, overcoming disappointments, thinking before you act and learning from your mistakes.
Radio Runt Inc, from their Seattle headquarters is the creator of Rallee and is a catalyst for real time communication technology.
Jack Russell terriers Runt and Spot have been hailed as canine heroes after a couple escaped in the nick of time from a flat fire.
10 THEY are also working on the Rex The Runt cartoons and some commercials and computer work.
45pm Stars Dakota Fanning as Fern, a farmer's daughter who is determined to save runt piglet Wilbur (voiced by Dominic Scott Kay) from her father's axe.
Sweep was the runt of the litter and I bought her from the breeder to give her a chance in life.
The wondrous sequel to "Runt the Brave", Runt the Hunted continues the anthropomorphic adventures of a courageous young mouse in a world beset by dangers.
Even though I was a little runt, I thought I should be playing baseball, too.
Runt rabbit Fiver receives a terrifying vision of the destruction of his warren in Sandleford.
Now we are appealing to readers to take care of Jessie and Stig, the litter's runt.
Other programmes up for awards include the fictional Army series Warriors, TV movie The Murder of Stephen Lawrence and the animated show Rex the Runt - Stinky's Search For A Star.
At first, scientists at the lab thought the runt might be suffering from a diminished supply of a growth hormone.