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be unable to punch (or sing, act, etc.) one's way out of a paper bag

Definition of be unable to punch or sing, act, etc. one's way out of a paper bag in English:

informal Be completely ineffectual or inept at the specified activity: he couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag
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  • There were comic books featuring ‘The Purple Martin’ who was unable to punch his way out of a paper bag but was a super hero otherwise.
  • For someone who Johnny Rotten described as 'unable to punch his way out of a paper bag',...his rocket to ruin was spectacularly in the limelight.
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