I work in an I.T. company and I was assigned to work with a lazy guy who needs constant baby sitting. For instance, yesterday he asked me to go to his desk because he could not type the "@" symbol.

In Spanish we have an idiom that says : "He got drown in a glass of water". Which means he gets stuck and in minor or dumb things.

What's the most similar idiom in English?


You can say he's 'high-maintenance'. https://www.macmillanthesaurus.com/high-maintenance


The English language has numerous idioms comparable to 'he would drown in a glass of water'¹. Some examples:

  • They're dumber than a bag of hammers (aka dumb as a box of rocks).
  • They're not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  • They're not the brightest light in the harbor.

  • They're a few screws short of a hardware store.

  • They're about as sharp as a marble.

  • Their elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor.

  • Their lights are on but nobody's home.

  • Their IQ would make a good golf score.

  • They couldn't pour water out of a boot that had instructions on the heel.

  • Their driveway doesn't quite reach the road.

  • Their antenna doesn't pick up all the channels.

  • They're proof that evolution is reversible.

  • They're running on 3 cylinders.

  • Their engine is running but nobody is behind the wheel.

  • If you gave them a penny for their thoughts, you'd get change.

  • It's hard to believe they beat out 100 million other spermatozoa.

  • If evolution was an experiment, their ancestors were in the control group.

  • They would be unarmed in a battle of wits.

  • They're not rowing with both oars.

  • Their phone's connected but there's no dial tone.

  • They're an open book but the pages are blank.

  • If they had a brain they'd be on the floor playing with it.

  • If brains were dynamite, they couldn't blow their nose.

  • If they were any slower they'd need to be watered once a week.

  • They couldn't hit the floor if they fell on it.

Some of those were shamelessly stolen from (and there's more at) the Not Too Bright list.

¹ Your original example would seem to have an international circulation as I've heard it in EN-CA at least.

  • LOL! These are funny! Haven't heard of any of them. – Jalene Nov 27 '19 at 9:31
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    I've often thought this site could use an injection of a little humour now and again. Thanks! – Jeeped Nov 27 '19 at 9:33
  • Not all of these signify that someone needs constant care, though. Mostly these are idioms for the 'they' being dull-witted, impractical, etc. (But they do seem to be synonymous to the example used by the OP). – Joachim Nov 27 '19 at 12:38

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