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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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Although Ralph and Woodbury travel through a land that is "valiant and young," Ralph worries on the train that he's a coward, and he is disappointed by their native guides, whom the narrator describes as "swart and runty loafers" (p.
The sob stories of these various Cornish curmudgeons are just the tip of the iceberg in a show which reports on the runty side of the property cash cow.
The food science is sound but her style can be annoying: `The insulin isn't interested in runty little tryptophan, so when the big guys go off to the gym, little Mr Tryptophan is left by himself at the blood brain barrier.
I had to give up watching and listening to Wishbone as the family Springer Spaniel resented the idea that that runty Jack Russell terrier can talk.
Published on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, the article exhorted artists to stop their incessant whining; to stop crawling on their knees with their hands out, begging for grant money and fellowships; to stop exalting self-marginalization; to emerge from their academic sanctuaries where they huddle like shivering, squinting, runty, sexless, nihilistic mice--to emerge into the intoxicating, palpitating, nutrient-rich sunlight of the marketplace, to intermix with the great people of a great nation, and to be emboldened by the truculent spirit of the populace" (Et Tu, Babe 60).
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).
BC's NDP government lined up behind logging and mining companies and the corporate-sponsored Wise Use movement to gut-kick this runty law for being too tough on development.
We're eager and grateful for each vivid bit of that past recaptured: her debutante milieu; her runty, randy groom; horseback riding; riding her horse's groom in the stables as she screams in sexual triumph.
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.
Show me someone who truly hates sweetness, and IEll show you someone to invite on a picnic," he says, "since you can eat all the delicious strawberries on top of the basket, and he can eat all the runty little green ones that sank to the bottom.