paluka

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.

paluka

verb

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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According to the complaint, Tabone and Savino allegedly received bribes "including a total of $40,000 in cash payments and a promise of a total of $40,000 more in cash payments" in exchange for doing their best to obtain the approvals -- commonly referred to as Wilson Paluka certificates -- from their respective Republican county committees that Smith would need to gain access to the GOP ballot line.
Smith allegedly told the federal agent and cooperating witness on March 21 that he was concerned that Tabone and Savino were stalling in order to receive more money before issuing the Wilson Paluka certificates, and directed them not to pay them any more money until Tabone and Savino "close[d] the a[bar] deal," according to the complaint.
and Kelsang Drime of Eugene; a daughter, Diane Wittaker of Olympia; a sister, Joan Paluka of Arlington, Wash.
According to director Paluka, even some limited development of this pistol-toting Daughter of the Confederacy ended up somewhere on Universal Pictures' cutting room floor because it slowed down the film's movement.
9) In their 1998 DVD commentary track Alan Paluka argues "that's where the casting of Brock is very good, because he's a very sexual image which really helped with the story," and in response Bob Mulligan offers: "I think what also works--and what impressed me about Brock when I first met him--is that he has a strong African-American face.
A couple years ago, Julia Paluka began kicking around the idea of becoming a Certified Property Manager--a move she believed could only help her career managing apartments in Denver.
There was a whole world of knowledge out there I knew would help me do my job better," said Paluka, 39, and now a CPM Candidate.
But as a working property manager spending more than 50 hours a week keeping up with a portfolio of roughly 250,000 square feet, Paluka was hard-pressed to find enough time for the eight college-caliber courses she would need to earn her CPM designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management.
To solve her problem of not having enough time for continuing education, Paluka resorted to taking the institute's online courses.
By enrolling in an online course, Paluka became part of the ever-increasing number of people around the world who are turning to online education as a modern solution to a modern problem--making time amid busy professional and personal lives for the education necessary to advance their careers.