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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You will Johnson is amateur hour compared to Trump, so he couldn't help his face from breaking out in a pantomime of tics, smirks and leers as he talked about proroguing Parliament because of his bold new legislative agenda and never be held to account.
Jewelry and other valuables were reportedly left behind, prompting authorities to dub it "amateur hour."
It was amateur hour. A defensive line like a graph as Gary Dicker's simple chipped through pass took them all out of the game.
Knight is the correct height, she first performed in 1952 on the "The Original Amateur Hour" program, and she's known as the Empress of Soul.
The SAF concert marked the debut of this particular configuration of players but it wasn't amateur hour. All the performers have flourishing professional careers and nearly all have played together at various concert venues over the past decade or more.
Amateur hour is over; the government needs to become professional, and fast.
Because Imran is discovering all of this for the first time, it's looking like amateur hour to most others.
These are incredibly serious matters but this is amateur hour stuff from a Government quickly proving its incompetence.
He got his break singing for radio as part of group called the "Hoboken Four" on the talent show, "Major Bowes and his Amateur Hour" in 1935.
Johnny Delusional from the recent collaboration with Franz Ferdinand and a rompingstomping Amateur Hour closed the show.
"Amateur hour is over baby, there is no time for people dabbling anymore," says guest judge Dara O Briain.
"Amateur hour is over, baby, there is no time for dabbling," says guest judge Dara O Briain, who appears alongside Lego design vice president Matthew Ashton and host Melvin Odoom.
He also criticised the White House press office's response, saying "it's amateur hour over there."
One of the oldest and most famous on our shores, Australia's Amateur Hour, started on radio and moved to television, featuring hundreds of contestants over its eighteen years on air.
Well, he was the defensive brain behind two major tournament campaigns when it has been absolute amateur hour at the back.
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