limp-wristed


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limp-wristed

1. Weak; lacking force or conviction. Potentially offensive due to Definition 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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What we want to hear about is a rotund, leafy beanstalk not the limp-wristed start of the snowdrop season.
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.
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."
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.
They're not like that other bunch of 'sportsmen', the divers the stampers, the posers and play-actors and the racists - not to mention the managers with their limp-wristed handshakes after the game.
Research by hand drier firm Airdri reveals the limp-wristed handshake is a turn off for bosses as more than a third reckon the "limp fish" suggests a nervous personality.
Wirral Tory Cllr Denis Knowles also caused outrage when references to "limp-wristed" campaigners appeared his Facebook site.
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!" The best lines are repeated verbatim from the brilliant Kirsten Dunst comedy Bring It On, which is the feature presentation at a late-night screening at cheer camp.
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.
IN these limp-wristed days of man bags and outreach country dancing officers, chaps like Richard Noble and Andy Green are Boys' Own heroes, gallantly thrashing the Yanks to rocket to land speed records in the face of government advice that Utah contains more than the recommended daily intake of salt.
He was voted Funniest Man On Television by TV Times readers But his limp-wristed character - whose catchphrase was "I'm free!" - also provoked criticism from gay groups for its stereotypical portrayal of a theatrical homosexual.