amateur hour

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from the name of a series of US radio and television programs showcasing the talents of amateur performers.

Noun[edit]

amateur hour (plural amateur hours)

  1. (chiefly US, idiomatic) A situation or activity in which the participants show a lack of skill, sound judgment, or professionalism.
    • 2007, David von Drehle, "Will Rudy's Get-Tough Image Backfire?,"Time, 21 Jun.,
      "It's the kind of foul-up that suggests that his campaign team isn't functioning as well as it should," the G.O.P. source said. "Presidential campaigns are not the time for amateur hour."

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