sad sack

noun Slang.
a pathetically inept person, especially a soldier, who continually blunders in spite of good intentions.

after the cartoon character created in 1942 by U.S. cartoonist George Baker (1915–75)

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sad sack
slang (US) an inept person who makes mistakes despite good intentions
[C20: from a cartoon character created by G. Baker, US cartoonist]

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