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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.
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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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One of these radio-marked hens produced runt eggs during three consecutive nesting attempts (2 in 2005, 1 in 2006).
In fairness, the skinny little runt did not actually say anything to Billy's face; she said it to what is known as a journalist.
In particular, nearly half the progeny of one mother were runts and developed a skin disease resembling psoriasis, common in about one-quarter of AIDS patients.
The state's 106 community colleges lament that they are the runts of higher education, receiving 35 percent less per student than the national community college average.
Re ``Drivers pick SUVs to dodge `road runts,' '' Public Forum, Oct.
Griffin, who was brought in to build Nestle's Wonka division from Nestle Australia in 1997, managed the estimated $200 million-plus children's confectionery business comprised of well-known products such as Nerds, Laffy Taffy and Runts.
Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune is of the opinion that sports utility vehicles are owned by drivers hell-bent on bashing drivers who drive ``road runts,'' her endearing term for her Dodge Colt (Opinions, Oct.
Now, while nobody goes into historic Ericsson Stadium and beats my Panthers, nobody also tells Bill Cowher that his team is a considerable underdog to A BUNCH OF EXPANSION RUNTS.
The Store-and-Forward feature, as implemented by ACN, improves performance by dramatically reducing the runts and excessive data fragments that clutter network traffic and slow down the passage of good data packets.
So this is the year they plan to tell the runts to stay off their part of the beach.