Way-out-of-a-paper-bag definitions

(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.

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Origin of way-out-of-a-paper-bag

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