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 LambroLame King. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Lame Duck (A),
 
in Stock Exchange parlance, means a member of the Stock Exchange who waddles off on settlement day without settling his account. All such defaulters are black-boarded and struck off the list. Sometimes it is used for one who cannot pay his debts, one who trades without money.   1
       
“Pitt … gambled and lost.
But who must answer for the cost?
Not he, indeed! A duck confounded lame
Not unattended waddling …”
       
Peter Pindar: Proh Impudentiam.
 


 LambroLame King. 

 
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