no great shakes


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no great shakes

Someone or something that is mediocre, unremarkable, or not very good. A: "Did you enjoy the movie?" B: "It was no great shakes, but it was something to do for the afternoon." I'm afraid the editor we hired is no great shakes. We might have to look for a replacement.
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no great shakes

Inf. someone or something that is not very good. (There is no affirmative version of this.) Your idea is no great shakes, but we'll try it anyway. Ted is no great shakes when it comes to brains.
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no great shakes

Nothing out of the ordinary, mediocre, as in I'm afraid the new pitcher is no great shakes, or What I did with this decorating project was no great shakes. This term possibly alludes to the shaking of dice, which most often yields a mediocre result, but there is no evidence to support this theory. [Early 1800s]
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no great shakes

INFORMAL
If someone or something is no great shakes, they are not skilful or of good quality. She can write screenplays well enough but she's no great shakes as a director. The novel on which the film is based was no great shakes to start with. Note: This expression probably refers to shaking dice and getting a poor result, although there are other possible explanations.
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no great shakes

not very good or significant. informal
1989 Guy Vanderhaeghe Homesick I got specs now. Catch better with them than before, but still am no great shakes at ball.
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no great shakes

phr. someone or something not very good. (There is no affirmative version of this.) Your idea is no great shakes, but we’ll try it anyway.
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no great shakes

Slang
Unexceptional; ordinary: "stepping in between the victim and the bully, even when the victim happens to be no great shakes" (Louis Auchincloss).
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