Definition of no great shakes in English:

no great shakes

phrase

informal
  • Not very good or significant.

    ‘it is no great shakes as a piece of cinema’
    • ‘As it turns out, we find a nice, pleasant, amusing little buddy-cop comedy - no great shakes, no real moments of brilliance, but consistent amusement throughout.’
    • ‘The steak et frites, despite being a star dish (there's even a neon ‘steak et frites’ sign outside), was no great shakes.’
    • ‘It's no great shakes, but it lets me know what to expect.’
    • ‘The beach itself is no great shakes, but it's easy to find a spot to yourself and the unrestricted view of the sea, punctuated by fishing boats anchored in the surf, is quite beautiful.’
    • ‘‘The film itself is no great shakes,’ said the San Jose Mercury News.’
    • ‘Truth be told, Billy is no great shakes as a boxer.’
    • ‘The six-year-old is no great shakes, but she will not need to be to win this modest ten furlongs event, and her three recent respectable efforts in defeat stand her in good stead.’
    • ‘Technically it is sufficient, but no great shakes.’
    • ‘And even allowing that some of it may have been lost in the opening night fog, the movement in Mr. Lear is no great shakes.’
    • ‘He was no great shakes in the House of Commons, and never pretended to be.’
    not very good, undistinguished, unmemorable, forgettable, unexceptional, uninspired, uninspiring, uninteresting, indifferent, unimpressive, lacklustre
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