You cannot kneecap a statistic, though you can sometimes make it limp.
By drawing just 6,073 votes in the caucuses Tuesday night, the Minnesota congresswoman was forced to limp off the field.
The White House was still reeling from the health-care fight, and the bill was set to limp across the finish line.
The charts now featured the likes of limp Bizkit, a rap-metal band whose misogyny was so overt as to be comical.
Even then, Gilani could limp along, surviving on drawn-out legal and political processes.
He had only an old sculling boat, somewhat screwed and limp.
Mrs. Bines, stooping, took the limp and wide-eyed Paul up in her arms.
She was dressed now in a limp black of many rusty ruffles that sagged close to her and glistened in spots through its rust.
I descended from the bridge with both body and soul like limp rags.
One of them carried a burden—the limp body of a girl, occasionally visible through the low foliage as they drew nearer.
1560s, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Middle English lympen "to fall short" (c.1400), which is probably from Old English lemphealt "halting, lame, limping," which has a lone cognate in the rare Middle High German limphin, and perhaps is from a PIE root meaning "slack, loose, to hang down" (cf. Sanskrit lambate "hangs down," Middle High German lampen "to hang down"). Related: Limped; limping. As a noun, 1818, from the verb.
1706, "flaccid, drooping," of obscure origin, perhaps related to limp (v.).
An irregular, jerky, or awkward gait; a claudication. v. limped, limp·ing, limps
To walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg.
["Messages in Typed Languages", J. Hunt et al, SIGPLAN Notices 14(1):27-45 (Jan 1979)].