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palooka

and paluka (pəˈlukə)
n. a stupid person; an unskilled prizefighter; any mediocre person. (Also a term of address. From the name of the comic-strip prizefighter Joe Palooka.) Tell that stupid palooka to sit down and shut up.

palooka

A stupid or a clumsy oaf, and by extension, an incompetent prizefighter. Joe Palooka, the heavyweight boxing hero of Ham Fisher's cartoon strip that ran from 1921 to 1984, was anything but inept, but even his skills and the strip's popularity couldn't save the word from its negative meaning. Calling someone a “big palooka,” unless said in a jovial and friendly context, isn't likely to win you any fans and may win you a bloody nose. The word may have been a corruption of “Pollack,” the pejorative term for Polish people.
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So this seems the occassion to present the most ambitious fragment: a long poem titled Palooka, written in 1986, as a kind of extended jazz riff of sextalk.
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The odds suggested he was a palooka but this guy last night was a player.
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When the action finally got under way, it was clear Middleton was a palooka.
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I'VE always thought Kenny MacAskill was a big palooka.
They're second bananas to an egotistical palooka named Ted Healy when Hollywood comes calling, which almost torpedoes their chances at fame and fortune.
He performed it in three movies - The Great Schnozzle (US title Palooka, (1934), Two Girls And A Sailor (1944) and This Time For Keeps (1947).