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  • n  (Yiddish) a dolt who is a habitual bungler

  • He's a middle-aged shlemiel of an accountanta surly, sulky Bob Newhartwith a restless young wife and a fatal case of paranoia.
  • The label reads "Made in Czarist Russia," but the contents show Allen's familiar shlemiel ticket: the loser, surrounded by a world of hostile, if inanimate, objects.
  • Yet another shlemiel, but this one is canonized by Malamud's compassionate talent.
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  • Foreign Policy Faceplant
    It was a tough week for Shlemiel of State John Kerry, who was topped by a dwarfish North Korean baller and made one Kremlin princess very, very unhappy.
    Jan. 17, 2014 - The Daily Beast via Yahoo! News

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