no great shakes

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - no great shakes

"no great shakes"

unexceptional or ordinary


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - no great shakes

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Looks like the short-list for the promotion is down to just you and Tim.

Colleague 2:  Then I think I am almost assured of getting the promotion.

Colleague 1:  I agree. I am not even sure how Tim made it to the short-list. He is no great shakes.

Colleague 2:  Not to speak ill of others but, yes, Tim is rather average in his abilities. He has never really done anything to single him out as anything great.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - no great shakes

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How is the pizza?

Friend 2No great shakes.

Friend 1:  So, you won't be ordering from that pizzeria again?

Friend 2:  Only if I want an average, ordinary pizza.

no great shakes - Usage:


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no great shakes - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for no great shakes.

no great shakes - Examples:

1)  The article is no great shakes, but the discussion around it is worth reading.

2)  Sherbourne is a construction mess south of Gerrard, and is no great shakes north of Gerrard. The "separated" part doesn't work.

3)  ... eventually sold a little over 5 million copies world wide. No great shakes but in a genre absolutely dominated by World of Warcraft, a respectable number.

4)  It will be no great shakes that China will overtake many of the leaders in any category of bragging rights.

5)  The 45-7 game itself was no great shakes as a competitive experience.

6)  ... up from 0.4 per cent last year. Obviously that's no great shakes, but it's a sign of progress for Microsoft's slick OS.

7)  ... a pre-title fight and subsequently KO'd his brother Buddy (who was no great shakes) during his reign.

8)  Agreed, that this lot are no great shakes. Mr Cameron's first and biggest mistake?

9)  Ukraine, after all, are no great shakes. Labouring under the oppressive weight of a nation's expectation, they were poor ...

10)  And no, his tenure in Indiana was no great shakes thus far.

11)  Everyone I met there was Iceland's greatest something-or-other, which was no great shakes as the total population of this country was at the time only 250,000.

12)  Their defence is no great shakes but it has never really cost them.

13)  ... such amounts would be gratefully received by most clubs, but it's no great shakes for Madrid.

14)  I have a stand that is 3m x1m, no great shakes in CL terms but since I normally have a single 1.5m at most table, ...

15)  The AI is no great shakes when you're in combat, but when you're skulking around in the darkness ...

16)  ... just take it or leave it thoughts, as I am no great shakes at reviewing.

17)  No great shakes, but fine for everyday wear. 

18)  No great shakes in the great scheme of things but this caught my eye in the Irish Times ...

19)  Don't rush into this one though because Dundee are no great shakes either. In fact they are bottom of the league, one point behind ...

20)  The Octagon Bar is no great shakes, alas. Pricey and ordinary, there are a myriad of more exciting watering ...