Simon Cowell is a lame duck, Paula Abdul is gone, Ellen DeGeneres is arriving.
Bad News for Successor There is a good chance that whoever takes over for Anthony Weiner will end up a lame duck.
lame excuses for goonish behavior cut against that message, to put it mildly.
It was all derivative of other stuff that had been done, and they were all so lame!
So I showed up sort of unprepared, and I felt like I was the lame one.
That is all—a lame explanation—but complete so far as it goes.
I wonder whether I should have been with the party if I had not been lame.
In that lame and impotent conclusion the proceedings ended at the time.
Maria Young had not always been solitary, and lame, and poor.
It was not likely any one would want to marry a lame girl, and the others were too kind to make it a matter of embarrassment.
"silk interwoven with metallic threads," 1922, from French lame, earlier "thin metal plate (especially in armor), gold wire; blade; wave (of the sea)," from Middle French lame, from Latin lamina, lamna "thin piece or flake of metal."
Old English lama "crippled, lame; paralytic, weak," from Proto-Germanic *lamon (cf. Old Norse lami, Dutch and Old Frisian lam, German lahm "lame"), "weak-limbed," literally "broken," from PIE root *lem- "to break; broken," with derivatives meaning "crippled" (cf. Old Church Slavonic lomiti "to break," Lithuanian luomas "lame"). In Middle English, "crippled in the feet," but also "crippled in the hands; disabled by disease; maimed." Sense of "socially awkward" is attested from 1942. Noun meaning "crippled persons collectively" is in late Old English.
"to make lame," c.1300, from lame (adj.). Related: Lamed; laming.
adj. lam·er, lam·est
Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible.
Marked by pain or rigidness.
An old-fashioned, conventional person; square: and not worry about anybody naming me a lame/ not have been as quick to judge him as a lame (1950s+ Teenagers fr jazz musicians)