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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.

(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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Oh," he said limply, "I didn't know you found another job.
Bird on the right, possibly struck first, falls limply toward the ocean.
Mark Newport's knitted works remind us that our "if-onlys" hang limply.
As the dancers broke through like butterflies from a chrysalis, the fabric hung from them limply, like some remnant of an earlier life stage.
While it boggles the mind to think of what and where the 75 serving generals are actually assigned to and responsible for, rest assured that those who were downsized are not limply accepting their emasculation.
Her right arm was completely without feeling, she said, and would hang limply at her side without her sling.
But docu muddles matters somewhat in a thick goulash that adds first-person observation, limply staged reenactments, and a confusingly a-chronological approach.
Instead of forthrightly discussing this, however, Ayers limply reports that at the June convention "a piece of SDS regrouped around a dense and difficult tract"--the Weatherman position paper (p.
Sweating under the harsh fluorescent lights, he worked the crowd to a fever pitch before falling limply to his seat.
my likeness bound in fetters, wings hanging limply,
A couple of kids are lying limply on mats on the floor.
Responding to a Gannett attorney's statement that the company's response to Vega's "alleged conduct was swift, decisive and not in the least tolerant," Carey said the fact that Vega "remains trusted with managing one of Gannett's largest investments, the (DNA)" shows that "the sanctions Gannett has imposed fall limply at the base of the alleged monumental conspiracy.
Several adult monkeys put up fierce resistance and are flailed against tree branches or the ground until they hang limply from an attacker's powerful arms.
Sunstein limply attempts to appease the press by allowing that the "print media are substantively better" than the broadcast media in covering public affairs, in that "many newspapers do provide a kind of detail, depth, and substance that are lacking in the broadcast media.
NINE) this presumption of light skin "good" hair also accounted for the time a new beautician rinsed the soap out of my locks to discover a thickly tangled brown mass instead of the limply obedient curls she'd expected.