Meaning of a sack of potatoes in English:

a sack of potatoes


  • 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’
    • ‘He ended up half-carrying, half-dragging me to his car, where he dumped me unceremoniously like a sack of potatoes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You struck Mr Ryan three vicious blows to his stomach, causing him to collapse like a sack of potatoes into the gutter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By being dragged from cell to cell like a sack of potatoes, the prisoner realizes that he is just an object, a nobody.’
    • ‘That's when the bouncer picked Chad up like a sack of potatoes and a scuffle ensued.’
    • ‘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?’’