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a term coined after the 19th century ne'er-do-well political figure known for making compromises that made things worse and running for president and losing. four times. in a modern context, this term is used to express a degree of extreme failure, especially pertaining to schoolwork.
that test was so hard, i think i just pulled a henry clay.

the essay i just wrote lost more elections than henry clay.

she studied for hours only to get an f on her APUSH test. what a henry clay.

good luck with that president thing, henry clay.
by rgb1777 December 13, 2009

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