Way-out-of-a-paper-bag Definition


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

My boss is so clueless, he couldn't schedule his own way out of a paper bag.
Junior varsity couldn't play their way out of a paper bag in comparison.

Origin of Way-out-of-a-paper-bag

  • Possibly from "he couldn't punch his way out of a paper bag."

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