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palooka

1. A foolish, clumsy, inept person. Some palooka has been knocking stuff off the shelves as they go by with their shopping cart. Oh, look what you did, you big palooka—you broke it!
2. An unskilled or incompetent professional boxer. That palooka ain't gonna last a minute with me in the ring, let alone twelve rounds!

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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Private First Class Palooka battled a German U-boat single-handedly, aided British intelligence, and fought with the Allied forces in North Africa.
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If I'm in the hung parliament, which looks increasingly likely, I'll vote to keep Brown in power - though on condition that he starts acting like the Brown Bomber Joe Louis rather than Primo Carnera, the big palooka with a glass jaw and no heart.
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Falling somewhere between Bruce Springsteen's "The Hitter" and "The Wrestler," Costello weaves his impeccable storytelling skills to tell the tale of a punch-drunk palooka called back into the ring on the leadoff track, "Down Among the Wine and Spirits." In a song that could be renamed "O, Mickey Rourke Where Art Thou?," Costello's rootsy, hands-on treatment gives a stinging authenticity to this bruised knuckles, battered ego and broken dream saga.