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sad sack

1. noun A hopelessly inept, blundering person who can't do anything right. That poor sad sack Sarah has been stuck in the same dead-end role in this company for years.
2. noun A sad, moping person, especially one who refuses to try and improve their mood or situation. Don't be such a sad sack—I know you're disappointed about missing the concert, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun tonight! He just sat there like a sad sack, sulking in the corner of the party.
3. verb To be in a sad, moping mood, especially while refusing to try and improve one's mood or situation. Usually used in the continuous tense; sometimes hyphenated. If you don't quit sad sacking back there, I'm going to turn the car around and drive us all straight back home! Bill's been sad-sacking around the office ever since he got passed over for the promotion.
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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

an inept blundering person. informal, chiefly US
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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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sad sack, a

A pathetically inept individual. The term comes from a cartoon character named Sad Sack, invented by Sgt. George Baker and very popular during World War II. Baker’s representation of a limp-looking soldier in ill-fitting, loose-hanging uniform, who tried to do his best but was neither smart nor lucky and consequently failed at whatever he undertook, caught on, and the name was transferred to the inept in civilian life.
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The cartoon followed Sad Sack's undistinguished journey through the bewildering bureaucracy of Army life and epitomized the experiences of the common Soldier.
No longer the province of gangsters and sad sacks, these days it's a socially acceptable activity for any bloke - as long as he makes it clear that he's being `ironic', ie, by dressing like Badly Drawn Boy and making clever asides just outside the dancers' hearing.
Though the film suggests these two sad sacks were made for each other, it then works much too hard (under Contreras' brother Ernesto's direction, straining to be sensitive) to find all sorts of causes to pull them apart.
In the last couple of days, anxious researchers have been placing ads in the papers looking for anyone having trouble with difficult teenagers; ugly Sad Sacks prepared to go to America for cosmetic surgery; people arguing with their partners over bills; lardasses who need colonic irrigation; ambitious working couples worried about how children would affect their lifestyle; parents with difficult teenagers; people restoring property; girls size 18 and over, and men with waists over 42in.
You can write 'Coming for lunch?' and send it to the three people you actually want to eat with, as opposed to having to invite all the sad sacks who sit near them.
Repeatedly, schlemiels or sad sacks of every type have been marooned in sinister milieus where they can and sometimes do get killed.
Directed by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, who penned last year's "crazy/beautiful," super-low-budget pic makes its way around L.A.'s Silver Lake area as a baker's dozen of sad sacks grope their way through life in cutely clueless fashion.
That's sad, but what makes it worse is he's sold more than 1,000 copies of his version of the Phantom Menace to sad sacks around the world.