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sad sack

n. Informal
An extremely inept or clumsy person.

[After a cartoon character created in 1942 by George Baker (1915-1975).]

sad sack

n
slang US an inept person who makes mistakes despite good intentions
[C20: from a cartoon character created by G. Baker, US cartoonist]

sad′ sack`


n.
a pathetically inept person.
[after the cartoon character created in 1942 by U.S. cartoonist George Baker (1915–75)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sad sack - someone who makes mistakes because of incompetencesad sack - someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
incompetent, incompetent person - someone who is not competent to take effective action
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