no great shakes

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no great shakes (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) Something unexceptional, not special or noteworthy.
    • 1898, Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton, The Valiant Runaways, ch. 19:
      You're welcome to stay here, but this hut ain't no great shakes for such as you.
    • 2008 August 24, "Your definitive guide to the iPhone," The Times (South Africa) (retrieved 31 Aug 2008):
      The iPhone’s 2.0 megapixel camera is no great shakes, but it’s good enough as cellphone cameras go.

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