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not know shit from shinola

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not know shit from Shinola

verb phrase

NOT KNOW one's ASS FROM one's ELBOW •Often euphemized: a tightfisted banker who doesn't know what from Shinola/ In high school I didn't know shoot from Shinola

[1930+; fr Shinola2, a brand of shoe polish; used partly for a suggestion of brown color, mainly for alliteration]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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