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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a pathetic/lame excuse (=very weak)
▪ That’s the most pathetic excuse I’ve ever heard.
lame duck
▪ The door is falling off its hinges; a sheet of plastic makes a lame attempt to keep out the wind.
▪ I thought, Don't know about a wild goose chase, this is a lame duck chase.
▪ And while that makes him a lame duck, he still has his veto pen and his bully pulpit.
▪ It may be desirable to spend what could otherwise be dole money on temporarily subsidizing lame ducks to ease the transition.
▪ Bush is not merely treating Clinton as a lame duck.
▪ He had turned out to be a lame duck and limped out of her life.
▪ Anyway, even though he is Congress's lamest duck, Richardson is pretending that nothing is happening.
▪ And Richie was no longer treating him like a lame duck.
▪ The Houston Oilers are lame ducks.
▪ Stephen made lame excuses, saying Edward was jet-lagged and preferred to stay in his room.
▪ It was a lame excuse, and I bluntly told him that he owed it to posterity to relate his story.
▪ But every pretty maid had left, some without notice, others picking lame excuses from a hat.
▪ It sounds a lame excuse, I know, but I never seem to be able to find the time.
lame duck president/governor/legislature etc
▪ I don't want to hear any of your lame excuses for being late.
▪ It sounded lame but I really had lost my ticket.
▪ She's always got some lame excuse for being late.
▪ The party was lame.
▪ And while that makes him a lame duck, he still has his veto pen and his bully pulpit.
▪ His suspension was as lame as O. J. Simpson getting to do counseling over the telephone for domestic abuse.
▪ In Lexington's case her parents and grandparents had good hips and she is not lame.
▪ It may be desirable to spend what could otherwise be dole money on temporarily subsidizing lame ducks to ease the transition.
▪ Movement is always hard to assess at this age, but avoid any puppy who moves erratically or is obviously lame!
▪ The horse, like so many tonga horses, was lame.
▪ It was Crane who had been lamed and the question arose how they were to use the horses.
▪ One had bolted having kicked and lamed one of the verderers who had tried to hold it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lame \Lame\ (l[=a]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lamed (l[=a]md); p. pr. & vb. n. Laming.] To make lame.

If you happen to let child fall and lame it.


Lame \Lame\ (l[=a]m), a. [Compar. Lamer (l[=a]m"[~e]r); superl. Lamest.] [OE. lame, AS. lama; akin to D. lam, G. lahm, OHG., Dan., & Sw. lam, Icel. lami, Russ. lomate to break, lomota rheumatism.]

    1. Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect, or temporary obstruction of a function; as, a lame leg, arm, or muscle.

    2. To some degree disabled by reason of the imperfect action of a limb; crippled; as, a lame man. ``Lame of one leg.''
      --Arbuthnot. ``Lame in both his feet.''
      --2 Sam. ix. 13. ``He fell, and became lame.''
      --2 Sam. iv. 4.

  1. Hence, hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect; as, a lame answer. ``A lame endeavor.'' --Barrow. O, most lame and impotent conclusion! --Shak. Lame duck

    1. (Stock Exchange), a person who can not fulfill his contracts. [Cant]

    2. An elected politician who is completing a term after having been defeated at an election; also, an office holder who cannot or chooses not to run again for the same office; -- So called from the presumed lack of political power of one who is soon to be out of office. (b) Any office holder who is serving out a term after a replacement has been selected.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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 (cognates: 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" (cognates: 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.


Etymology 1

  1. 1 unable to walk properly because of a problem with one's feet or legs. 2 Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect or temporary obstruction of a function. 3 (context by extension English) Hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect. 4 (context slang English) unconvincing or unbelievable. 5 (context slang English) fail to be cool, funny, interesting or relevant. 6 (context slang English) Strangely corny or sweet to an extent. v

  2. (context transitive English) to cause a person or animal to become lame Etymology 2

    n. 1 A lamin

    1. 2 (context in the plural English) A set of joined, overlapping metal plates. Etymology 3


    2. (context obsolete English) To shine.

  1. adj. pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness; "a feeble excuse"; "a lame argument" [syn: feeble]

  2. (of horses) disabled in the feet or legs [syn: spavined]

  3. disabled in the feet or legs; "a crippled soldier"; "a game leg" [syn: crippled, halt, halting, game]


v. deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg; "The accident has crippled her for life" [syn: cripple]

  1. n. someone who doesn't understand what is going on [syn: square]

  2. a fabric interwoven with threads of metal; "she wore a gold lame dress"


Lamé may refer to:

  • Lamé (fabric), a clothing fabric with metallic strands
  • Lamé (fencing), a jacket used for detecting hits
  • Lamé (crater) on the Moon
  • Ngeté-Herdé language, also known as Lamé, spoken in Chad
  • Peve language, also known as Lamé after its chief dialect, spoken in Chad and Cameroon
  • Lamé, a couple of the Masa languages of West Africa
  • Amy Lamé (born 1971), British radio presenter
  • Gabriel Lamé (1795–1870), French mathematician
Lamé (fencing)

In fencing, a lamé is an electrically conductive jacket worn by foil and sabre fencers in order to define the scoring area (which is different for each weapon). Foil lamés, although traditionally a metallic grey, are becoming more and more popular in an array of colors. In foil, the lamé extends on the torso from the shoulders to the groin area, including the back. In sabre, the lamé covers both arms, the torso from the shoulders to the waist, and the back. Lamés used in higher-level competitions usually have the last name and country of their owner printed in blue across the back. In addition, sabre fencers wear masks that allow them to register head touches, and manchettes, which are conductive glove covers, on their weapon hand. Lamés are wired by use of a body cord to a scoring machine, which allows the other person's weapon to register touches when their blades (or tips, in foil) contact the lamé. Lamés are most commonly made of a polyester jacket, overlain with a thin, interwoven metal, usually steel or copper, which gives them a metallic grayish look.

Lamé (crater)

Lamé is a lunar impact crater located astride the northeast rim of the crater Langrenus, to the east of Mare Fecunditatis. The eastern crater rim appears overlaid by a series of overlapping craters that form an intermittent chain flowing nearly a hundred kilometers to the south. The crater rim protrudes only slightly above the surrounding terrain, but it has a significant rampart where the rim lies within Vendelinus. In the middle of the floor is a slight ridge, forming a central peak.

On some older maps this crater was called Smith. It was previously designated Vendelinus C before being renamed by the IAU.

Lamé (fabric)

Lamé is a type of fabric woven or knit with thin ribbons of metallic fiber, as opposed to guipé, where the ribbons are wrapped around a fibre yarn. It is usually gold or silver in color; sometimes copper lamé is seen. Lamé comes in different varieties, depending on the composition of the other threads in the fabric. Common examples are tissue lamé, hologram lamé and pearl lamé.

An issue with lamé is that it is subject to seam or yarn slippage, making it less than ideal for garments with frequent usage. Lamé is often used in evening and dress wear and in theatrical and dance costumes. It was, at one time, ubiquitous as a favourite material in futuristic costumes for science fiction television and films.

Lamé is also used for its conductive properties in the sport of fencing to make the overjackets (called lamés) that allow touches to be scored.

Lamé was used in the making of the ephod.

Lame (kitchen tool)

A lame is a double-sided blade that is used to slash the tops of bread loaves in artisan baking. A lame is used to score (also called slashing or docking) bread just before the bread is placed in the oven. Often the blade's cutting edge will be slightly concave-shaped, which allows users to cut flaps (called shag) considerably thinner than would be possible with a traditional straight razor.

A slash on the loaf's surface allows the dough to properly expand in the oven without tearing the skin or crust and also allows moisture to escape from the loaf. It also releases some of the gas, mainly carbon dioxide, that is trapped inside the dough. Proper scoring also allows the baker to control exactly where the loaf will open or bloom. This significantly improves the appearance of baked breads. Scoring, finally, creates varieties in forms and appearance. It brings out the bread baker's artistic talent, allowing a unique signature.

Lame (armor)

A lame is a solid piece of sheet metal used as a component of a larger section of plate armor. Multiple lames are riveted together or connected by leather straps or cloth lacing to form an articulated piece of armor that provides flexible protection. The armor worn by the samurai class of feudal Japan used lames in the construction of many of their individual armor parts.

Usage examples of "lame".

Shere Khan was always crossing his path in the jungle, for as Akela grew older and feebler the lame tiger had come to be great friends with the younger wolves of the Pack, who followed him for scraps, a thing Akela would never have allowed if he had dared to push his authority to the proper bounds.

Shall I war against the Lame One because of the spite of a wandering Caphar vagabond?

My lame friend, angry at this arrangement, which only left her the very bad part of Lady Alton, could not help lancing a shaft at me.

Madame Dubois, in the character of mistress of the house, did the honours admirably, and my lame friend, in spite of her pride, was very polite to her.

He was lame, but he walked so adroitly that his defect did not appear.

As he and Eccles walk together toward the first tee he feels dragged down, lame.

In this lame cage they were lowered into the excavation, a journey that took them through storage and maintenance areas, restricted sectors, down along porous shale and rock, past timber underpinnings and assemblies of masonry and steel that formed support for subtunnels and emergency access routes, the elevator suddenly dropping into open air, free of its shaft, cabling into the darkness of the inverted cycloid, air currents, oscillation, a bucketing descent through drainage showers and rubble-fall, the cage shaking so badly that Billy sought to convince himself there was a pattern to the vibrations and changes of speed, a hidden consistency, all gaps fillable, the organized drift of serial things passing to continuum.

Old Giles Habibula is too old, Jay, too ill and lame, to be running through black and filthy rat-holes on his knees, and dancing up and down flimsy little ladders in the dark.

Wait just a second, for poor, lame and suffering old Giles Habibula to snatch a breath of blessed air.

James de Guider assisted his brother Stephen into the court--the first time the lame old gentleman had been in Templetown since the famine.

He was wondering how one hid a full-sized horse who was too lame to run, but Gula seemed to have forgotten this problem.

I had proclaimed myself as a novice in the mimic art, and had entreated my lame friend to be kind enough to instruct me.

My lame friend told me I had played well, but not so well as in the part of waiter, which really suited me admirably.

I was tired of playing a wearisome part, and had left off going to see my lame friend, but she soon reproached me for my inconstancy, telling me that I had made a tool of her.

She told me that I must take her to see her lame friend, and to my great disgust I had to go.