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more (something) than you can shake a stick at

A very large number; an amount that is more than one can count. When it comes to family members, Jay has more than you can shake a stick at.
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more someone or something than one can shake a stick at

Rur. a lot; too many to count. There were more snakes than you could shake a stick at. There are lots of flowers in the field—more than one can shake a stick at.
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more than one can shake a stick at

A large quantity, more than one can count, as in Our town has more banks than you can shake a stick at. This idiom presumably refers to brandishing a stick as a weapon, but the precise allusion is unclear. [Colloquial; c. 1800]
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more things than you can shake a stick at

INFORMAL
If you say someone or something has more of a particular thing than you can shake a stick at, you mean they have a very large number of them. There's more hit singles on this album than you can shake a stick at. This bike boasts more features than you can shake a stick at.
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more — than you can shake a stick at

used to emphasize the largeness of an amount. informal
1996 Hong Kong & Macau: Rough Guide There are more organised tours of Hong Kong than you can shake a stick at and…some are worth considering.
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more ... than you can shake a ˈstick at

(informal) used to emphasize the large number of something: This music magazine has more reviews than you can shake a stick at.
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shake a stick at

Slang
To point out, designate, or name: "All of a sudden there came into being a vast conservative infrastructure: think-tanks ... and more foundations than you could shake a stick at" (National Review).
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