more than someone can shake a stick at

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of more than someone can shake a stick at

chiefly US, informal
:more than anyone can count :a lot
  • She has more troubles than you can shake a stick at.

Word by Word Definitions

more play
  1. : greater

  2. : additional, further

  1. : in addition

  2. : moreover

  3. : to a greater or higher degree

  1. : a greater quantity, number, or amount

  2. : something additional : an additional amount

  3. : persons of higher rank

  1. : additional persons or things or a greater amount

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

can play
  1. : know, understand

  2. : to be able to do, make, or accomplish

  3. : to have knowledge or skill

  1. : a usually cylindrical receptacle:

  2. : a vessel for holding liquids

  3. : a usually metal typically cylindrical receptacle usually with an open top, often with a removable cover, and sometimes with a spout or side handles (as for holding liquid or trash)

  1. : to put in a can : preserve by sealing in airtight cans or jars

  2. : to hit (a golf shot) into the cup

  3. : to hit (a shot) in basketball

shake play
  1. : to move irregularly to and fro

  2. : to vibrate especially as the result of a blow or shock

  3. : to tremble as a result of physical or emotional disturbance

  1. : an act of shaking: such as

  2. : an act of shaking hands

  3. : an act of shaking oneself

stick play
  1. : a woody piece or part of a tree or shrub: such as

  2. : a usually dry or dead severed shoot, twig, or slender branch

  3. : a cut or broken branch or piece of wood gathered for fuel or construction material

  1. : to hit or propel (something, such as a hockey puck) with a stick

  1. : to pierce with something pointed : stab

  2. : to kill by piercing

  3. : to push or thrust so as or as if to pierce

  1. : a thrust with a pointed instrument : stab

  2. : delay, stop

  3. : impediment


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