Men are seen as weak for resorting to a complaint in the first place.
And the weak economic recovery makes this hard task even harder in other deficit countries like the U.K.
In his view, the U.S. economy is hobbled by weak demand for goods and services, compounded of course, by high unemployment.
Japan, France, Germany, and Italy all worry about a weak dollar.
A more precise translation would read: “The powerful exact what they can, and the weak comply.”
His face was pale; his cheeks were sunken; his limbs were weak and trembling.
The good man may be weak, be indolent; Nor is his claim to plenty, but content.
Father, our sex is called timid and weak; believe it no more!
How is it borne—so many as are the sufferers, and of a class usually thought so weak?
To suppose that the weak must prevail because it was weak was sheer sentimentality.
c.1300, from Old Norse veikr "weak," cognate with Old English wac "weak, pliant, soft," from Proto-Germanic *waikwaz "yield," *wikanan "bend" (cf. Old Saxon wek, Swedish vek, Middle Dutch weec, Dutch week "weak, soft, tender," Old High German weih "yielding, soft," German weich "soft," from PIE root *weik- "to bend, wind" (see vicarious). Sense of "lacking authority" is first recorded early 15c.; that of "lacking moral strength" late 14c. Weak-kneed "wanting in resolve" is from 1870.