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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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For many years, Runt and I maintained a love-hate relationship--we loved to hate each other
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.
But in the next door flat Runt and Spot started barking and woke up owner Steve Turner.
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.
This idea features strongly in his latest book, Runt, about a boy who is sent to live with his uncle in the Welsh mountains when his mother finds herself in a violent relationship.
The story begins with a little girl, Fern Arable (Fanning), who is horrified when she discovers her father is about to kill the runt of a newborn litter.
Even though I was a little runt, I thought I should be playing baseball, too.
Now we are appealing to readers to take care of Jessie and Stig, the litter's runt.
Runt The Brave by Daniel Schwabauer (Editor of Crosswind Comics) is a fantastic young adult novel that in effect retells the legend of David and Goliath.
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Stitch was rejected as the runt of the brood after he was born in July at a bird and pet breeders' in Shropshire.
When will the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee learn not to let a 5-foot-8 runt shortstop run him?
Somewhere in America, the runt of a litter of piglets is saved by farmer's daughter Fern Arable.
Inspired by the "movie within a movie" ending of the box office hit film, "Chicken Little," and featuring the movie's super hero alter-ego characters Ace, Abby and Runt in an outer space adventure to save Earth, Disney's Chicken Little: Ace in Action lets players blast their way through a variety of environments while experiencing new storylines.
Fern (Fanning) lives on a farm with her family and is distraught when the runt of a litter of pigs is about to be put down.