One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used in comparisons to refer to the clumsiness, inertness, or unceremonious treatment of the person or thing in question.‘he drags me in like a sack of potatoes’
- ‘You struck Mr Ryan three vicious blows to his stomach, causing him to collapse like a sack of potatoes into the gutter.’
- ‘That's when the bouncer picked Chad up like a sack of potatoes and a scuffle ensued.’
- ‘I would spend hours in a delightful daydream where the school bus bully would be thrown around like a sack of potatoes with his coterie laughing their heads off nearby.’
- ‘He ended up half-carrying, half-dragging me to his car, where he dumped me unceremoniously like a sack of potatoes.’
- ‘It was Franklin Roosevelt, as inert as a sack of potatoes.’
- ‘Watching me flop back and forth like a sack of potatoes, he said, ‘How about we get the stable master to give you riding lessons as well?’’
- ‘By being dragged from cell to cell like a sack of potatoes, the prisoner realizes that he is just an object, a nobody.’
- ‘After another hour or two of shop talk I was positively exhausted and dropped into bed like a sack of potatoes, only to wake up before 4 am, unable to sleep.’
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