One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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