sad sack


Definition of sad sack 

US, informal

: a blundering, inept person … a sad sack so unlucky in love that when his girlfriend splits, his family sides with her.— Rand Richards Cooper

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sad-sack \ˈsad-ˌsak \ adjective

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And there’s a possible love interest in Paul (Josh Radnor), a fellow sad sack whose beloved video emporium is on the ropes and whose brittle, bossy wife (Aya Cash) would rather hire a male prostitute than conjugally indulge her husband. Theresa Bennett, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Social Animals,’ Stalled Lives and Sexual Frustrations," 31 May 2018 Stan is merely the sad sack who can’t stay away, shakily throwing coins into the peep show machine to see her once again., "What Makes Pose's Biggest Relationship Special Isn't What You Think," 11 June 2018 At the centerpiece is Seymour, the nebbish sad sack who slaves away in Mushnik's Skid Row Florist. Theodore P. Mahne,, "Rivertown sets up a campy and funny 'Little Shop of Horrors'," 8 May 2018 Despite plentiful scenes affording Schumer room to show both sides of Renee, the sad sack and the strutter, veteran screenwriters and first-time feature film directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein can’t settle on a tone, or allow Renee to breathe. Michael Phillips,, "'I Feel Pretty' review: Amy Schumer's fable about fat-shaming is frankly depressing," 18 Apr. 2018 Throw these fragile sad sacks in the recycling bin (or save them for upcoming bad-weather days) and replace them with this year’s models! Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Flip-Flops! Satin Slides! Shop the 42 Best Sandals of the Season," 10 Apr. 2018 On Wall Street, Twitter was the latest sad sack tech stock to impress with fourth quarter earnings. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Why Snap's Stock Price Snapped Back," 8 Feb. 2018 Jones plays Lance, a bit of a sad sack whose wife left him for a more macho lunk-head. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Detectorists' Season 3: TV Review," 15 Jan. 2018 Historically sad sacks: The Browns finished the season at 0-16 -- the NFL's fifth winless team since 1944. Dennis Manoloff,, "DeShone Kizer earns B+ in Cleveland Browns' loss at Steelers: DMan QB Report," 31 Dec. 2017

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sad sack

: a person who is not successful or able to do things well : an inept person who causes feelings of pity or disgust in other people

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