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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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Not David Beckham's sublime free-kick inside two minutes, but a knee-high attack from a runty Australian just a few minutes from time.
Reading his lust-filled mind was easy: a good-looking hen like you wasting time with that runty jake when there's a real stud bird around?
Paul Runty Geac's real estate specialist, said the company's previous New Jersey office had not met the company's location and space requirements, and when the lease expired, the firm had to seek another site.
It was such a tiny little red and runty thing I felt sorry for my uncle; it was small and it had a little face and screwed-up eyes.
Or, it's only Cody's fault, for he has always been striving and competitive, a natural-born player of games, has had to win absolutely everything, even something he doesn't want like a runty little red-head far below his usual standards).
When Myerson became famous representing the United States Football League in its 1986 antitrust action against the National Football League, "his runty swagger became even more pronounced.
LB: We're very into narrative, so part of the invented fantasy was that Runty was boycotting being a gull.
I'm fascinated by the whole thing that the meek and the small and the runty and the wizened, those who aren't born with any favours, somehow they will save us.
Is it the one on the end of the short arm, belonging to the runty kid (I write as someone who was always in this category) or the one waved a foot above everyone belonging to the tall, gangly child?
If you want small birds, don't pick the runty ones, pick the small ones that have good shape and are healthy specimens.
THERE'S a trailer on TV at the moment for the film Shark Tale in which the godfather shark explains to runty hero Oscar his place in the grand marine scheme of things.