can't punch (one's) way out of a paper bag

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can't punch (one's) way out of a paper bag

Extremely weak, ineffectual, or incompetent. You want to fight me? You can't punch your way out of a paper bag! Don't assign that project to her, she couldn't punch her way out of a paper bag!
See also: bag, of, out, paper, punch, way
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A man who couldn't punch his way out of a paper bag.
Someone had written in the Gazette at the time that he couldn't punch his way out of a paper bag.