Значение идиомы lame duck

[lame duck] {n.}, {informal} An elected public official who hasbeen either defeated in a new election or whose term cannot berenewed, but who has a short period of time left in office duringwhich he can still perform certain duties, though with somewhatdiminished powers.

In the last year of their second terms, Americanpresidents are lame ducks.

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