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milquetoast

(ˈmɪlktost)
n. an ineffectual man; a shy coward; an effeminate male. This little milquetoast goes up to the biker, looks at him sort of sad like, and then karate chops him into a quivering pulp.
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Milquetoast articles about the economy muddling along are just not going to do the job.
However, in lieu of focusing directly on laughs--which would require the dynamics be portrayed with all their edges--she opts for "comedy with a message," a formula that guarantees a milquetoast product no matter where it's produced.
For all the stilted recitals--the pathetic, pudgy guy seemingly waiting for his lines; the angry hippie who grows increasingly stoked as he settles into his infuriated rhythms--there are also moments of gruesome, visceral rage, as with the star of her freak show, a barrel-chested milquetoast in a plaid shirt who stands in his kitchen with his hands clasped across his chest, spouting one of the most appalling soliloquies ever committed to tape.
Playing the role of milquetoast to a rabid elected official does little else but embolden such misguided, ill-intentioned individuals who pride themselves on publicly deriding and demeaning public officials.
Slow technology adopter is code for 20th-century milquetoast who refuses to part with his phonograph.
For Petrey, it is definitely le monde a l'envers, with Don Juan becoming Caspar Milquetoast (83).
For the most part diocesan newspapers are pablum with milquetoast, not much substance.
Having agreed to do new choreography for this month's Broadway revival, with Christina Applegate as Charity and Denis O'Hare as the milquetoast who falls for her, Wayne Cilento had to find a way to refashion it.
That word should be spelled Milquetoast, which means "a timid, meek or unassertive person.
Quality performers are wasted on one-dimensional roles - the drunken bully, the self-deluding lothario, the likeable milquetoast - and many of the jokes are too obvious to pack any real punch, even at the hands of the best performers.
Take the vice presidential debate, where Lieberman's milquetoast performance was widely seen as a disappointment in Democratic quarters, saving Cheney the kind of dogfight that would have made him look dour and severe.
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The other omission is Walter Wink's provocative work on the Sermon on the Mount, where he rereads "turning the other cheek" (and the related admonitions) not as milquetoast doormat principles but uppity imperial challenges--and then interprets them in the light of Alinsky's work.
Notwithstanding our international milquetoast image, Canadian politics is more like hockey than croquet.