aw-shucks


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aw-shucks

 (ô′shŭks′)
adj. Informal
Having or characterized by a shy, self-effacing, often unsophisticated manner: an aw-shucks grin.

aw-shucks

(ˌɔːˈʃʌks)
adj (prenominal)
seeming to be modest, self-deprecating, or shy: don't be fooled by his aw-shucks attitude.
[C20: from the US interjection aw shucks, an expression of modesty or diffidence]

aw-shucks

(ˈɔˈʃʌks)

adj. Informal.
characterized by a shy, embarrassed, often provincial manner.
[1930–35, Amer.]
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His voice came on again, with that wonderful laid back aw-shucks accent, to say: "Gee wizz, folks, I've never known a storm as bad as this.
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