runt of the litter

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
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She was the runt of the litter, with a wonky ear and a jut jaw, and I fell for her straight away.
Dan has finally got the keys to his own flat, sending his mum (Gwyneth Powell) into tears: "He won't survive, he's the runt of the litter and I only had him.
Over at Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara, netball continued to be the runt of the litter losing its third straight game, this time at the hands of defending champion Singapore, 91-22.
When I was at his kennel and in the process of selecting my last pup, a little firecracker I named Suki, I paid her scant attention; she was the runt of the litter and I had my eyes on another.
The runt of the litter, the sad little piggy had been bottle fed since he was three weeks old because his mum ignored him.
Cathy added: "It looks like Suki is the runt of the litter.
She looks for the runt of the litter because she's the alpha, she's rich, she has everything she needs and all she has to do is walk in her with her swagger, just from being who she is.
That just leaves the runt of the litter, Diego Simeone's powerful Atletico Madrid side.
I was the runt of the litter, the 'entertainment', the one languishing at the bottom of the leader board by the end of the show.
She was the runt of the litter so we took her early when she was seven weeks to give her the best chance and have hand reared her so we are really attached.
I hemmed and hawed a bit, and after giving serious consideration to the runt of the litter, a cute little female, I went with her polar opposite and dubbed him the Splendid Splinter in homage to Wilton's owner, Ted Williams.
The second-last to be built in Britain (1910--right at the end of the golden age), it was one of the shortest in the country: the runt of the litter, perhaps it was never meant to thrive.
He's the runt of the litter so he's had to fight a bit more.
Sash, who is now nine, was the runt of the litter and the only gold-colored pup among her seven blonde, near-white colored siblings.
He was turning out to be the runt of the litter, and we were both embarrassed by it.