Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


My sisters could no more do what you do than a lame duck can lead a ballet.

For that matter, there isnt one of us that hasnt a lame duck of some sort.

They have been through the furnace of affliction—even that lame duck.

I guess, after all, he's only a 'lame duck,' like a good many of the rest of them.

He'll have to take a lame duck or go out of his circle for a wife.

This is the lame duck, mother, but it's different from the one we danced last year.

At a glance he recognized the Thunderbolt, notoriously the lame duck of the Reds, lagging three or four miles behind the rest.

"We agreed to forget the yesterday incidents," the lame duck reminded him quickly.

Lame duck, a stockjobber who speculates beyond his capital, and cannot pay his losses.

The Regent aggravated that distress by frauds of which a lame duck on the stock-exchange would have been ashamed.


1761, "any disabled person or thing;" especially Stock Exchange slang for "defaulter."

Sometimes also in naval use for "an old, slow ship." Modern sense of "public official serving out term after an election" is recorded by 1878 in American English, from an anecdote published in that year of President Lincoln, who is alleged to have said, "[A] senator or representative out of business is a sort of lame duck. He has to be provided for."