couldn't carry a tune in a bucket

couldn't carry a tune in a bucket

Totally without musical talent, especially in singing. I think it's lovely that George wants to be in his church choir, but that boy couldn't carry a tune in a bucket!
See also: bucket, carry, tune
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Of me the Courtiers took no notice whatever: but Sylvie and Bruno were the subject of many inquisitive looks, and many whispered remarks, of which I only distinctly caught one--made by a sly-looking Dachshund to his friend "Bah wooh wahyah hoobah Oobooh, hah bah?
I'm offering 60 to 1 that Westward Ho wins out by the length of a dachshund.
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