no great shakes

idiom

informal
: not very good or skillful at something
He's no great shakes as a poker player.

Examples of no great shakes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its overall handling of mental illness is no great shakes either. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2023 Riley was no great shakes as an NBA player. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2022 While her Forbes article was no great shakes, Heather Morgan clearly understood that circumstances had changed—and might favor criminals like her. Ben McKenzie, The New Republic, 10 Mar. 2022 It could be described as no great shakes. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2021 The Geminids were no great shakes when they first were identified, said NASA’s Cooke, and at least for most of the 20th century were second bananas to the storied Perseids. al, 13 Dec. 2020 The Baltimore Ravens’ offense is no great shakes. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 8 Dec. 2020 Oklahoma, also 1-2 in the Big 12, is no great shakes, but the Sooners temporarily stopped their own bleeding. Brian Davis, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2020

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“No great shakes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no%20great%20shakes. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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