no great shakes

Definition of no great shakes

informal

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

Word by Word Definitions

greatplay
  1. :  notably large in size :  huge

    :  elaborate, ample

    :  large in number or measure :  numerous

  1. :  in a great manner :  well

  1. :  an outstandingly superior or skillful person

shakeplay shakes
  1. :  to move irregularly to and fro

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

    :  to tremble as a result of physical or emotional disturbance

  1. :  an act of shaking: such as

    :  an act of shaking hands

    :  an act of shaking oneself


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