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The meaning of "lame duck"

" Lame duck "
A person or thing that is no longer properly able to function. Also, more specifically, a person in authority, for example a president or prime minister, in their final period of office after a successor has already been elected.
The boss is pretty much a lame duck now that he's announced his retirement and we know he won't be here next month.
Where did it originate?:
Britain - 18th century.
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