three bags full, sir

three bags full, sir

Used to sarcastically characterize someone who obsequiously accepts any order or demand, no matter how unwise or unreasonable. It's never wise to surround yourself with subordinates whose only contribution to your ideas is "three bags full, sir." You need people who will challenge you to think or act in ways you hadn't considered.
See also: bag, sir, three
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(yes sir, no sir) three bags ˈfull (sir)

(old-fashioned, humorous) said when you agree to do something that somebody asks you but think that they are rather rude or unreasonable: Our new manager doesn’t want to hear our opinions, all he wants is, ‘Yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir.’This phrase is from the nursery rhyme, ‘Baa, baa, black sheep’.
See also: bag, full, three
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