Definition of a broken reed in English:

a broken reed

phrase

  • A weak or ineffectual person:

    ‘the superintendent of this building appears to be a broken reed’
    • ‘It would only take one more attack on the US homeland for the President to become a scapegoat and his Office of Homeland Security a broken reed.’
    • ‘Because of all the changes it is obviously difficult to test the validity of these claims, but some of Wheelock's main supports are broken reeds to lean on.’
    • ‘By contrast, the Irish army that the king mobilized to support his cause turned out to be a broken reed.’