be no great shakes

be no great shakes

slang To be mediocre, unimpressive or disappointing. I don't know why everyone loves that restaurant so much—I've been there before, and it's no great shakes. That defenseman makes a lot of money, but if you ask me, he's no great shakes.
See also: great, shake

be no great shakes

  (informal)
to not be very good at doing something He was a very creative chef but no great shakes on the management side of business.
See also: great, shake