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 for Lame duck
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lame \Lame\ (l[=a]m), a. [Compar. Lamer (l[=a]m"[~e]r);
     superl. Lamest.] [OE. lame, AS. lama; akin to D. lam, G.
     lahm, OHG., Dan., & Sw. lam, Icel. lami, Russ. lomate to
     break, lomota rheumatism.]
        (a) Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury,
            defect, or temporary obstruction of a function; as, a
            lame leg, arm, or muscle.
        (b) To some degree disabled by reason of the imperfect
            action of a limb; crippled; as, a lame man. "Lame of
            one leg." --Arbuthnot. "Lame in both his feet." --2
            Sam. ix. 13. "He fell, and became lame." --2 Sam. iv.
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     2. Hence, hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect; as, a
        lame answer. "A lame endeavor." --Barrow.
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              O, most lame and impotent conclusion! --Shak.
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     Lame duck
        (a) (Stock Exchange), a person who can not fulfill his
            contracts. [Cant]
        (b) An elected politician who is completing a term after
            having been defeated at an election; also, an office
            holder who cannot or chooses not to run again for the
            same office; -- So called from the presumed lack of
            political power of one who is soon to be out of
        (b) Any office holder who is serving out a term after a
            replacement has been selected.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Duck \Duck\, n. [OE. duke, doke. See Duck, v. t. ]
     1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily Anatin[ae], family
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     Note: The genera and species are numerous. They are divided
           into river ducks and sea ducks. Among the former
           are the common domestic duck ({Anas boschas); the wood
           duck ({Aix sponsa); the beautiful mandarin duck of
           China ({Dendronessa galeriliculata); the Muscovy duck,
           originally of South America ({Cairina moschata). Among
           the sea ducks are the eider, canvasback, scoter, etc.
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     2. A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the
        person, resembling the motion of a duck in water.
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              Here be, without duck or nod,
              Other trippings to be trod.           --Milton.
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     Bombay duck (Zool.), a fish. See Bummalo.
     Buffel duck, Spirit duck. See Buffel duck.
     Duck ant (Zool.), a species of white ant in Jamaica which
        builds large nests in trees.
     Duck barnacle. (Zool.) See Goose barnacle.
     Duck hawk. (Zool.)
        (a) In the United States: The peregrine falcon.
        (b) In England: The marsh harrier or moor buzzard.
     Duck mole (Zool.), a small aquatic mammal of Australia,
        having webbed feet and a bill resembling that of a duck
        ({Ornithorhynchus anatinus). It belongs the subclass
        Monotremata and is remarkable for laying eggs like a bird
        or reptile; -- called also duckbill, platypus,
        mallangong, mullingong, tambreet, and water mole.
     To make ducks and drakes, to throw a flat stone obliquely,
        so as to make it rebound repeatedly from the surface of
        the water, raising a succession of jets; hence:
     To play at ducks and drakes, with property, to throw it
        away heedlessly or squander it foolishly and unprofitably.
     Lame duck. See under Lame.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  lame duck
      n 1: an elected official still in office but not slated to

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  38 Moby Thesaurus words for "lame duck":
     adventurer, also-ran, aspirant, baby kisser, bankrupt,
     big operator, candidate, dark horse, defeated candidate, dud,
     failure, favorite son, gunslinger, holdover, hopeful, incumbent,
     ins, insolvent, insolvent debtor, jack-in-office, margin purchaser,
     new broom, office seeker, office-bearer, officeholder, operator,
     plunger, political hopeful, president-elect, presidential timber,
     public official, public servant, running mate, scalper,
     smart operator, speculator, stag, stalking-horse

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