One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to emphasize the largeness of an amount.‘a team with more experience than you can shake a stick at’
- ‘After an auspicious debut this time last year, the Pop Montreal festival returns with more shows than you can shake a stick at.’
- ‘A non-stop barrage of clichés, denim, magnum 45s and bad facial hair, this highly technical show contains a completely original music score, brilliant lighting, pyrotechnics and more gags than you can shake a stick at.’
- ‘‘I was very scared because I thought it was going to be chock full of people with more degrees than you could shake a stick at,’ she said.’
- ‘He's flip-flopped on more issues than you can shake a stick at!’
- ‘I think before you can be critical of the design of hospitals and sometimes the lack of, you have to remember the atmosphere that surrounds healthcare, lawsuits a plenty, more regulations than you can shake a stick at, and lack of funding.’
- ‘When my parents arrived, we found ourselves introduced to more cousins than you can shake a stick at, most of them so many times removed you can barely detect them.’
- ‘The ‘greatest living designer in all the Americas’ has created a dizzying number of products, as well as more prototypes than you can shake a stick at.’
- ‘I get bored easily, and I change my clothes a lot, so I've had more careers than you can shake a stick at.’
- ‘By day two this team were cranking out more new ideas than you could shake a stick at.’
- ‘It was a bad action film, bad comedy & contained more stereotypes than you could shake a stick at.’
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