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What does the expression 'lame duck' mean?

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Answered 2013-02-09 12:10:48

The term lame duck refers to somebody weak. For example, when an elected official's successor has already been elected, but has not taken office. It is also occasionally used to disparage a politician who will not serve again, such as a US president near the end of his second term.

A lame duck session is a session of an officials whose successors have already been elected (but not inaugurated).

The original use of the term lame duck referred to brokers who defaulted on their debts. The term is still used in this financial context in Europe.

The term lame duck usually is very commonly heard at the end of the second term of a US President (since he can't get re-elected for the third time in a row). As the name suggests, a lame duck cannot make strong decisions.

Actually the term lame duck means that they are able to make stronger decisons that are not based on being reelected.

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