Definition of paper bag in English:

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paper bag


A small bag made of paper.
Example sentences
  • Consumers are being asked to take their own re-usable or alternatively us a paper bag or no bag at all.
  • Devin put the items in a paper bag, and then put the paper bag in a plastic bag.
  • I dumped the sandwich and drink into a paper bag and shoved the bag into my backpack.


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

informal Be completely ineffectual or inept at the specified activity: he couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag
More example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: pa·per bag

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