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aw shucks

1. An expression of shyness, happiness, 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 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). Often 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. Often 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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

(Aw) shucks!

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


McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Much of what has been written on the life of Henrietta Hall Shuck, the first American female missionary to China, functions as little more than hagiography.
This paper seeks to examine the life of Henrietta Hall Shuck through the lens of emotion, with particular respect to her "emotionology." This term, coined by Peter and Carol Stearns, comprises "the attitudes or standards that a society, or a definable group within a society, maintains toward basic emotions and their appropriate expression." (4) When Henrietta became a missionary, not only did she leave behind her family and friends, but she also left behind the society in which her emotionology-her system of emotional dispositions-was formed.
Building upon Guthman's work, this paper offers an analysis of the development of an antebellum Baptist missionary emotionology through the life of Henrietta Hall Shuck. I show that Henrietta's life was equally riddled with emotions of doubt and regret, yet her emotions materialized as she questioned her decision to become a missionary.
While in Richmond, Henrietta also met Jehu Lewis Shuck, who was studying at what would become Richmond College.
Shuck's emotions, it should be known, she had been long and anxiously expecting letters from her friends in America." (41) The reception of these letters was more complicated though.
(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.D.
Henrietta Shuck: The First American Female Missionary to China (Boston: Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln, 1850); A.
(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.
When dodgy foreign governments claim to be holding free and fair elections, aw shucks, Jimmy is there, monitors the process, making sure the ballots are counted fairly.
And when there's difficult situations like Americans held in North Korea, well, aw shucks, what leader in Pyongyang can resist some apple pie and sweet tea diplomacy?
Mrs Shuck claimed there were clear inconsistencies in Mrs Loveridge's account of how the new will came into existence.
'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.