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Used in similes to refer to 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That's when the bouncer picked Chad up like a sack of potatoes and a scuffle ensued.’
- ‘By being dragged from cell to cell like a sack of potatoes, the prisoner realizes that he is just an object, a nobody.’
- ‘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?’’
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