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Norton was half his size, the sort of person who in Karp’s tough old Brooklyn neighborhood would have been called a shmendrick: Woody Allen without the nose or the sense of humor.
No, Mr. Beinart, neither of these gentlemen is a schmuck or a shmendrick.
A cute description would be of a woman who beat her shmendrick of a husband who crawled under the bed.
Did you really mean to call our President that; or, did you mean he was treated like a shmendrick, best defined in The Joys of Yiddish as physically impressive but a weak person who has not yet grown up (politically wet behind the ears).
We Indians vividly remember the years that the Islamic Mughals and Mongols and later, the British ruled over us - all because we were still fixated on horse chariots and elephant cavalry while the Mughals and British had access to much better technology. shmendrick peddling shmegegge to pander to shtunks ... couldn't resist.
PEARLIE BELLOWS OVER the phone at me, “How do we know he’s not a shmendrick!”