weak sister

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weak sister (plural weak sisters)

  1. (chiefly US, idiomatic, derogatory) A person who is cowardly or indecisive.
    • 1964, "Political Thriller" (film review of Seven Days in May), Time, Feb. 21:
      "Your course of action this past year has bordered on criminal negligence," he barks to the man whose job he means to take. "You're a weak sister, Mr. President."
  2. (chiefly US, idiomatic) A person or thing which is the least robust or least dependable member of a group.
    • 1991, Larry Reibstein, "A Mexican Miracle?," Newsweek, 20 May:
      San Antonio has always been viewed as the weak sister of the big regional centers of Houston and Dallas.


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