What does the expression 'lame duck' mean?
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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