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runt of the litter

The smallest and weakest person in a group, especially a group of siblings. (A "litter" is a group of newborn mammals, the smallest of which is least likely to thrive or survive.) Even though I'm the middle child, I've always been the runt of the litter in our family—even my younger sister picks on me because she's taller than I am.
See also: litter, of, runt

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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It seemed that Runt had a gift for untying knots, especially the knot that I used to secure him for the night.
An exorcism of personal demons during a pilgrimage to Jamaica propels "Runt," writer-director-producer-actor Michael Phillip Edwards' ritualistic, semi-autobiographical drama addressing the meaning of manhood.
Poor little Runt! Saddled with the name his father gave him, the pup endures teasing and rejection from most of the other members of the pack, including his litter-mates, Leader, Sniffer, Thinker and Runner.
"She went off with this little runt called Jeffrey Archer, who couldn't even get into university.
Healey's reference to the "Kiwi runt" comes inone particular story that he recalls about some of the Lions players making up rhymes about the management team.
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Dawes, who has worked as a model maker for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, TV series Pingu and Aardman Animation's Rex the Runt, will be sharing her craft skills.
FELINE FINE: Lucky, the runt of the litter and half the size of his four brothers and sisters, was among the kittens saved from being crushed in a car wrecker (below)
"Runt Farm" is a charming, imaginative tale about a renegade kitten (and fledgling duckling) who inherit a deserted farm and proceed to invent a wacky lifestyle that incorporates two wandering super-intelligent mice named Cletus and Tooth from NAARF (the Nightshade Association Animal Research Facility).
A little girl, Fern (Fanning), is horrified when she discovers her father is about to kill the runt of a newborn litter.
Jack Henry Bo Eason Bo Eason's "Runt of the Litter" is the perfect football play for people who consider the game the sport of barbarians.
Healey - who was fined by the Lions management for a newspaper article in which he criticised Australia lock Justin Harrison and his teammates before the third Test in Sydney over the summer - labelled Henry a 'Kiwi runt' in his autobiography, which sparked an angry response from Henry's Welsh Rugby Union employers.
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