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    out of a wet bag

    Hi! I can't catch the meaning of this sentence.
    You can't find your way out of a wet bag.

    Is *out of a wet bag* an idiom? What does it mean?

    Thanks a lot.
    Sonyet

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    Re: out of a wet bag

    Quote Originally Posted by sonyet View Post
    Hi! I can't catch the meaning of this sentence.
    You can't find your way out of a wet bag.

    Is *out of a wet bag* an idiom? What does it mean?

    Thanks a lot.
    Sonyet
    I know this as "You couldn't fight your way out of a wet paper bag".
    Since a wet paper bag falls apart simply by touching it, this means "You are not a good fighter" or "You couldn't hurt me/him".
    Perhaps you heard "find" for "fight"?

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    Re: out of a wet bag

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I know this as "You couldn't fight your way out of a wet paper bag".
    Since a wet paper bag falls apart simply by touching it, this means "You are not a good fighter" or "You couldn't hurt me/him".
    Perhaps you heard "find" for "fight"?
    I made a mistake. It was *fight*. Thanks for your great help!

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    Re: out of a wet bag

    This is so interesting!

    I've heard the phrase "find your way out of a brown paper bag" meaning you have no sense of direction. (If you can't find the opening of big sack, what could you possibly be able to find?)

    I've seen it as "couldn't [do something] [his/her/your] way out of a brown paper bag," meaning he/she/you are very bad at something.

    But the "fight" and the "wet" is new for me. Funny how expressions are so similar but not the same!

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    Re: out of a wet bag

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This is so interesting!

    I've heard the phrase "find your way out of a brown paper bag" meaning you have no sense of direction. (If you can't find the opening of big sack, what could you possibly be able to find?)

    I've seen it as "couldn't [do something] [his/her/your] way out of a brown paper bag," meaning he/she/you are very bad at something.

    But the "fight" and the "wet" is new for me. Funny how expressions are so similar but not the same!
    Yes, it's interesting.
    In the version I know, it's not necessarily physical fighting (though it can be). For example:
    A: John is in trouble now. How's he going to get out of this?
    B: I don't know. John couldn't ....

    Either version would fit this scenario. I suppose this is how sayings change over place and time.

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