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can't punch one's way out of a paper bag

Slang definitions & phrases for can't punch one's way out of a paper bag

can't fight one's way out of a paper bag

verb phrase

To be a very weak or ineffective puncher; put up a poor showing (1940s+ Prizefight)


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Idioms and Phrases with can't punch one's way out of a paper bag

can't punch one's way out of a paper bag

Be inept, as in Ask him to program the VCR? He can't punch his way out of a paper bag. This hyperbolic term for extreme ineptitude originally was an expression of contempt for a weak or cowardly boxer. [ ; c. 1910 ]
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