sad sack


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sad sack

A singularly inept person, as in Poor George is a hopeless sad sack. This term alludes to a cartoon character, Sad Sack, invented by George Baker in 1942 and representing a soldier in ill-fitting uniform who failed at whatever he tried to do. It was soon transferred to clumsily inept civilians.
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sad sack

n. a sad person; a listless or depressed person. Tom always looks like such a sad sack.
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AS a retiree who's far older than he cares to remember, I want to congratulate you on the excellent Sad Sack story in the November issue.
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coupled with some sentimental tosh about elderly couples still being in love, the usual kooky friend of the female lead and sad sack friends of the male lead.
He is a pathetic sad sack, and, worse yet, he knows it.
He plays Jacob, a smooth ladies' man who passes on his wisdom to help sad sack Cal (Steve Carell) bounce back from his marriage ending.
Or what would he have thought about the British plane which made an emergency landing in Italy because some moron - almost certainly the type of sad sack who makes hoax fire calls because he likes to watch the big red engines - had scrawled a bomb threat on a sick bag?
The rising star plays a smooth ladies' man called Jacob who meets sad sack Cal (Steve Carell).
Every time our troubled protagonist Jean (hangdog sad sack Pavel Liska) gets to wondering if it's he or the world that's lost its marbles, the meat starts moving, so I guess it's representative of something -- probably, though, just the pleasure Svankmajer gets from manipulating animal innards.
The rising star plays a smooth ladies' man called Jacob who meets sad sack Cal (Steve Carell) who's trying to regain his mojo with the girls after being dumped by his wife of 25 years (Julianne Moore).
It's human nature to see the best in ourselves, otherwise lonely hearts pages would be full of ads saying: ``Morbidly obese sad sack with zero prospects or personality seeks anything with a pulse to cook dinner while I watch The Bill.
Although Suleiman acts his part as a Chaplinesque sad sack, his diffident humor is also the tact of someone accustomed to grief.
John C Reilly plays schlubby sad sack John who, while still pining for his remarried ex (Catherine Keener), thinks his luck has changed when he meets single mum Molly (Marisa Tomei).
More than could be said for the sad sack of potatoes that is the deputy leader of Scottish New Labour, sitting to my left, laughably.
The said sad sack is Wilson, a failed writer licking his wounds after being dumped by his latest girlfriend.