no great shakes

Definition of no great shakes

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

Word by Word Definitions

great play
  1. : notably large in size : huge

  2. : of a kind characterized by relative largeness

  3. : elaborate, ample

  1. : in a great manner : well

  1. : an outstandingly superior or skillful person

shake play shakes
  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


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