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wet rag

1. A very weak willed, helpless, or cowardly person; one who lacks any real resolve, inner-strength, or motivation. My father was a sweet man, but he was a wet rag in all other aspects of life, bending to the will of everyone around him. I tried to raise you to be strong and independent, not some wet rag who just coasts through life without ambition. The new supervisor has been as effective at controlling his team as a wet rag.
2. One who is completely worn out or without energy. Between my hectic job and trying to mind the kids, I always feel like a wet dish rag by the time I get to bed at night. My dad used to work crazy long hours when we were kids, and he would just sit on the sofa like a wet rag on the weekends.
See also: rag, wet

wet rag

verb
See also: rag, wet
References in classic literature ?
We turned-to afterwards, and shovelled out on deck heaps of wet rags, all sorts of fragments of things without shape, and that you couldn't give a name to, and let them settle the ownership themselves.
Mix the beverage in a cold cup, partake with moderation, and keep a wet rag around your head to guard against over-excitement.
His body wrapped limply about the fist like a wet rag about a stick.
On a sunny early afternoon yesterday, young children were out in full force along Roxas Boulevard from the US embassy to Rizal Park, armed with pails of dirty soapy water and wet rags that they slapped on car windows as they begged for alms.
Wiping windows and fans with wet rags as well as servicing air-conditioners would also avoid the season's induced symptoms.
Think of how a stack of wet rags or a pile of compost might ignite: slowly, and without the drama of a match, of gasoline, of the sky's electricity.
Wielding wet rags, tweezers, brushes, and spray bottles (but not actual Q-tips), Frye's family joined a group of 37 volunteers in the three-mile cave.
- Keep chemicals out of the house by taking off your shoes at the door, using a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, and cleaning with wet rags and mops.
Wipe her body down with cool wet rags, blow a fan on her, and give her lots of water or electrolyte containing sports drink.
pinched and bit, drew blood enough Dad doctored us with wet rags and pep
Moscow residents and tourists tried to protect themselves from the smog by donning medical masks or even just clutching wet rags to their faces.
Similarly fragmentary is Regal mit 2 blinden Glass-cheiben aus dem Harz (Rack with 2 Blind Glass Panels from the Harz), 2009, three amorphous shapes made of plaster, wire, and newspaper hanging on the wall like wet rags. Bits of fallen plaster cling to the wall.
Griffin then went back outside with some wet rags and held Nelson's head to keep him from moving, prodding him to stay awake until the ambulance got there.
Keep a box of unscented baby wipes in your shop and you won't have to rustle up wet rags during the next gluing project.
When forced to stop, the decorator was required to return the piece to a lead-lined box full of wet rags to so that the pot could soak up moisture.