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aw shucks

1. An expression of shyness, happiness, and/or embarrassment. In this usage, "shucks" can be used by itself. A: "You're just too sweet!" B: "Aw shucks, you're gonna make me blush."
2. An expression of disappointment. In this usage, "shucks" can be used by itself. Aw shucks, it looks like we're going to lose the game after all. Shucks, the rain clouds seem to be rolling in now.
3. Indicative of shyness and/or a lack of sophistication. The phrase is typically hyphenated in this usage. Charlie was a nice fellow with a sweet, aw-shucks demeanor.
See also: aw, shuck


To cast off some article of clothing, especially hastily or haphazardly. Primarily heard in US, Canada. The kids ran in and shucked their muddy boots and jackets all around my clean carpet.


1. A mild exclamation of anger, annoyance, regret, or disgust (about something). Typically preceded by the interjections "ah" or "aw." Shucks! I thought that would fix the problem with the computer, but I guess something else must be wrong. Ah, shucks—that was supposed to be a surprise for your birthday!
2. A mild exclamation of humility or embarrassment, especially when receiving praise or flattery. Typically preceded by the interjections "ah" or "aw." A: "I wanted to give you this gift as thanks for everything you did for me and my family." B: "Aw, shucks. I was only doing my duty, ma'am." I've been thinking long and hard about what I would say if I won this award, but now that I'm here, well, shucks—I'm downright speechless!
3. noun Something of very little value. Used especially in the phrases "not worth shucks" and "not amount to shucks." All their promises won't amount to shucks if they aren't willing to back them up with action. I learned long ago that people like him aren't worth shucks.
See also: shuck

(Ah) shucks!

 and (Ah) shoot!
Rur. Darn! (A mild oath.) Ah, shucks! I forgot to call Grandma. Tom: We can't get chocolate ice cream. The store's all out. Jane: Shucks. Ah, shoot! I missed my favorite TV show.

(Aw) shucks!

Rur. Gosh!; a mild oath. Shucks, ma'am. It wasn't anything at all. Aw shucks, I ain't never been this close to a woman before.

(Aw) shucks!

exclam. a mild oath. (Colloquial.) Aw shucks, I ain’t never been this close to a woman before.
See also: aw


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Keeling conducted the wedding of his former student and the soon-to-be ordained Jehu Lewis Shuck.
54) While more work may be done, Ann and Sarah Judson help position Henrietta Shuck as part of a larger missionary culture that was beginning to negotiate these feelings.
Dunaway, Pioneering for Jesus: The Story of Henrietta Hall Shuck (Nashville: Sunday School Board, 1930).
Gimelli, '"Borne upon the Wings of Faith': The Chinese Odyssey of Henrietta Hall Shuck, 1835-1844," Journal of the Early Republic 14, 2 (Summer 1994): 221-245.
Lewis Shuck and Issachar Roberts, First American Baptist Missionaries to China" (Ph.
15) Shuck to Addison Hall, 18 September 1835; scholars of religion have recently taken notice of the "spatial turn" in the humanities, shifting analyses from the idea of "sacred space" to physical space.
18) Henrietta Shuck, Journal, 30 September 1835, quoted in Memoir, 42; Shuck to Addison Hall, 6 October 1835, Memoir, 43-44.
21) Shuck to Addison Hall, 14 January 1836, quoted in Memoir, 55.
22) Shuck, Journal, 17 November 1835, quoted in Memoir, 53.
24) Shuck to Addison Hall, 14 December 1835, quoted in Memoir, 55.
31) Shuck to Addison Hall, 8 Februrary 1840, in Memoir, 138-140.
37) Shuck to Addison Hall, 21 April 1836, in Memoir, 64.
38) Shuck, Journal, 17 May 1836, in Memoir, 68; Shuck to Keeling and Miss.
43) Shuck to Susan Hall, 24 October 1835, in Memoir, 46-49.
In court she said that once written out, the will remained at all times at Mr Lamb's bedside for him to alter or tear up if he so wished,' added Mrs Shuck.