way out of a paper bag

A minimal level of competence or effectiveness, as used in phrases where one is unable to perform such.

My boss is so clueless, he couldnt schedule his own way out of a paper bag.


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  • couldn't [act/argue/fight] (your) way out of a paper bag — humorous if someone couldn t act, argue, fight etc. their way out of a paper bag, they act, argue, fight etc. very badly. It s no good asking Jim to protect you he couldn t fight his way out of a paper bag …   New idioms dictionary

  • couldn't act (your) way out of a paper bag — couldn t [act/argue/fight] (your) way out of a paper bag humorous if someone couldn t act, argue, fight etc. their way out of a paper bag, they act, argue, fight etc. very badly. It s no good asking Jim to protect you he couldn t fight his way… …   New idioms dictionary

  • couldn't argue (your) way out of a paper bag — couldn t [act/argue/fight] (your) way out of a paper bag humorous if someone couldn t act, argue, fight etc. their way out of a paper bag, they act, argue, fight etc. very badly. It s no good asking Jim to protect you he couldn t fight his way… …   New idioms dictionary

  • couldn't fight (your) way out of a paper bag — couldn t [act/argue/fight] (your) way out of a paper bag humorous if someone couldn t act, argue, fight etc. their way out of a paper bag, they act, argue, fight etc. very badly. It s no good asking Jim to protect you he couldn t fight his way… …   New idioms dictionary

  • couldn't ... (your) way out of a paper bag — couldn t [act/argue/fight] (your) way out of a paper bag humorous if someone couldn t act, argue, fight etc. their way out of a paper bag, they act, argue, fight etc. very badly. It s no good asking Jim to protect you he couldn t fight his way… …   New idioms dictionary

  • (your) way out of a paper bag — couldn t [act/argue/fight] (your) way out of a paper bag humorous if someone couldn t act, argue, fight etc. their way out of a paper bag, they act, argue, fight etc. very badly. It s no good asking Jim to protect you he couldn t fight his way… …   New idioms dictionary

  • be unable to punch one's way out of a paper bag — be unable to punch (or sing, act, etc.) one s way out of a paper bag informal be completely ineffectual or inept at the specified activity he couldn t act his way out of a paper bag …   Useful english dictionary

  • out of a paper bag — couldn t [act/argue/fight] (your) way out of a paper bag humorous if someone couldn t act, argue, fight etc. their way out of a paper bag, they act, argue, fight etc. very badly. It s no good asking Jim to protect you he couldn t fight his way… …   New idioms dictionary

  • paper bag — /peɪpə ˈbæg/ (say paypuh bag) noun 1. a small bag made out of paper, as that into which purchases are placed by a shop assistant. –phrase Colloquial 2. a paper bag job, (derogatory) a sexual partner viewed as having an ugly face but an attractive …   Australian English dictionary

  • The Paper Bag Princess — Infobox Book name = The Paper Bag Princess title orig = translator = image caption = author = Robert Munsch illustrator = Michael Martchenko cover artist = country = language = English series = subject = genre = publisher = Annick Press release… …   Wikipedia

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