amateur hour

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amateur hour

A result, activity, task, or situation characterized by unprofessional, talentless, or careless performance(s). The term likely originates from or refers to The Original Amateur Hour, a radio and television talent program in the US that ran from the 1930s through the 1970s. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I expected a better performance from our team today. Was it amateur hour today, or what? The actors were all dreadful in that production. It was a total amateur hour.
See also: hour
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This pleasing is amateur hour but the defense doesn't have anything to work with here," he added.
Johnny Delusional from the recent collaboration with Franz Ferdinand and a rompingstomping Amateur Hour closed the show.
He also criticised the White House press office's response, saying "it's amateur hour over there.
The records from the time are extremely scarce, but icons like Johnny O'Keefe, Bobby Limb, Jimmy Little, Chad Morgan and even Rolf Harris are all said to have gotten their starts on Australia's Amateur Hour.
Well, he was the defensive brain behind two major tournament campaigns when it has been absolute amateur hour at the back.
The old "English-disease" type, taking on the cops and trashing pubs is amateur hour to this knuckle-duster, gumshieldwearing lot, who march with almost military precision through the streets.
The training was dubbed amateur hour and work experience did not match the wads of dough dished out.
A sampling of the disappointing duplications: deferential calculus, go thou and spin no more, he dodged a pullet, Host my brain of thought, it isn't amateur hour but amateur half-hour, it's all water under the fridge, mind: the gap, once bitten twice sly, sugary finery, the bland leading the bland, their prices are astrocomical, what's good for the goose is good for the pander, you're barking up the wrong me.
Trainers, promoters and bookmakers are professionals, but there have been times when it's felt like amateur hour and the culprits should be embarrassed, even if the thickness of their skins prevents that.
Reading Ain't Nothing Ia'ke the Real Thing helped me to relive my high school years growing up in Harlem in the early 1960s, when my brother use to treat me to a weekly ticket to the Apollo's Wednesday-night amateur hour.
He entered Australia's Amateur Hour radio show with his version of Seven Beers With The Wrong Woman.
No doubt it's amateur hour over there, not a trained artist or art historian in the lot.
Clearly, society has lost a vital link in public communication when the live telling of a joke mano-a-mano goes the way of the buggy whip and Major Bowes' Amateur Hour.
Included in the new shows are Dumont Network Shows such as Original Amateur Hour, Ellery Queen, Hold That Camera, The Plainclothesman, Down You Go, Boxing From St.
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