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A weak, submissive, pitiful person, especially a man. Adapted from the Yiddish word nebekh. He's just a sniveling nebbish, not a real man like you. Why they ever hired a nebbish like him to run the company is beyond me.
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n. a dull person; a jerk. (From Yiddish.) Taylor is such a nebbish. Why doesn’t she just give up?
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Reconceiving film history as an eternal dance of nebbishes and MPDGs, a video by pop culture website Flavorwire called, "75 Years of Manic Pixie Dream Girls" went viral showing that the trope of the charmingly unstable ingenue - often attributed to recent indie cinema - actually goes back decades" (Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, "A Montage" < /2012/07/a-montage-of-75-years-of-manic-pixie-dream-girls-in-cinema/260236/>).
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The least concrete, most slippery, but perhaps also most ubiquitous way in which Goldstein's and Rakoff's work resonates with earlier and contemporary representations of Jews in North American literature and popular culture is in their construction of themselves as shlemiel or nebbish protagonists.
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the clean lines of my nebbish back the undoing of my stains
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a nullity or a nebbish. The poem's design tricks us into predicting
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