- a pathetically inept person, especially a soldier, who continually blunders in spite of good intentions.
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Contemporary Examples of sad sack
Her sad-sack ex, currently busy haunting Chapel Hill bars, continues to escape any real blame.Elizabeth Edwards' Media Hypocrisy
June 29, 2010
- US slang an inept person who makes mistakes despite good intentions
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Idioms and Phrases with sad sack
A singularly inept person, as in Poor George is a hopeless sad sack. This term alludes to a cartoon character, Sad Sack, invented by George Baker in 1942 and representing a soldier in ill-fitting uniform who failed at whatever he tried to do. It was soon transferred to clumsily inept civilians.