lame duck


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lame duck

1. Business a company with a large workforce and high prestige that is unable to meet foreign competition without government support
2. US
a. an elected official or body of officials remaining in office in the interval between the election and inauguration of a successor
b. (as modifier): a lame-duck president
3. US designating a term of office after which the officeholder will not run for re-election
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A lame duck is an elected official whose power has waned after being defeated for re-election, deciding not to run again, or not running again because term limits won't allow it.
A narrowly divided electorate now having spoken, we expect discussions to begin anew with some urgency in the lame duck session.
Magill said the ATM bill has a 50/50 shot of being passed during the lame duck session.
The prospect of such delays helped ensure ratification of the 20th Amendment, supposedly banishing forever the prospect that lame ducks could stall such urgent business as legislation to address the dislocations of the Great Depression.
The spirit of the local community is discovered because of a lame duck, and the generous spirit of two young girls.
It may be that Washington's lame duck mentality has spread.
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the University of Southern California said now that Schwarzenegger is a lame duck and Assembly Republicans have chosen a more assertive leader -- Assemblyman Michael Villines, R-Fresno -- there is no longer the motivation to play nice.
As Bush becomes a lame duck and the presidential race begins without a consensus nominee, a party that has papered over every choice about its direction will meet reality.
Look for the coming lame duck session to be one large horse-swapping
Before control of Congress passes to the Democrats in January, the 109th Congress will return to Washington this week for a lame duck session to complete work on unfinished business, including action on domestic spending.
With a majority in place, they will be able to stifle Bush pretty well for the next two lame duck years.
He said he will not be a lame duck, but "will continue to give this my very best between now and the General Synod.