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impotent

(esp of males) unable to perform sexual intercourse
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Customers are paying an extra 12% for stamps and the taxpayer watches impotently as Royal Mail shareholders take PS500,000 every day in dividends from a national treasure we owned for 500 years until economic vandals came along.
So the authorities, who should have been imposing regulations and restrictions, were left gasping impotently in its wake.
Yet the president watches impotently as a special counsel pulls together a lethal force, inside his own administration, whose undeclared ambition is to bring him down.
Those callers, obviously solicitors, are impotently knocking on a door that will never be answered, rather than finding the phone number I actually use.
It sat in silence for a moment before revving and impotently thrusting.
However, we, as residents, and the elected councillors and MPs who represent us, must not sit impotently by while this system which is token, broken and unfit for purpose continues to fail us and which allows Birmingham assets built up over the centuries to be frittered away.
The threat posed by the regulatory agencies would thus be reduced to the level of an "insurable hazard," with much of the coercive, intimidating force previously available to the agencies impotently dissipated.
In Syria, the EU watched impotently as a revolt against the tyrannical government turned into a proxy struggle among regional powers and religious factions and gave rise to the barbarism of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
So creditor countries, led by Germany, have sought to do the minimum necessary to keep the euro alive, while debtors have grumbled impotently about Germany's insistence on fiscal austerity.
In 2006 I remember bellowing impotently at the radio as Gordon Brown fluffed his opportunity to put a fresh-faced David Cameron to the sword.
Hobbs, unarmed, had wound up impotently screaming at people to throw rocks at the robbers as the gun battle went down in the street.
Notable was the game of musical chairs played at the Department of Energy as an ever-changing gallery presided impotently over both the highest electricity tariffs in the region and the most prohibitive fuel increases in history.