Our president is depowered now.

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bamboo--tw

Senior Member
ROC/Mandarin
Our president is depowered now.


Hi,
Does the above refer to "our president is out of power though he is still in position?" If not, how would you say it? Thanks.
 
  • snorklebum

    Senior Member
    Mexico English
    This is not a common usage, but I assume it would mean what you think.

    Maybe you could say, "Our president is powerless now, a figurehead."

    Figurehead means that...like on an old ship, pretty but useless.

    An American expression for a president who is serving out his term, but will not be re-elected (such as George Bush) is a "lame duck". Same way a "lame duck congressman" has been defeated, but still has some time to serve before the new electee takes power.
     
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