Chris Stein of Blondie catches Ramone with an “aw, shucks” expression just after he drops a plate of food.
I was sort of middle-American “aw, shucks” guy for a big part of my career, so the extrovert is always fun.
It was too bad, but shucks, he wasn't going to let it interfere with his happiness.
Why, he wouldn't amount to shucks here, even if he stayed a year.
shucks, Matt, I never saw a fellow that takes things like you do.
shucks, sonny, no need to get this excited over a little spilt milk.
She had been bluffing all along, and when it came to a showdown we found that she couldn't shoot for shucks.
I'll give you this straight: if I can't be corn, I won't be shucks.
Putting the difficulty to Cousin Egbert, he dismissed it impatiently by saying: "Oh, shucks!"
"shucks, he hain't yo' kind," Dale said in a tone of deep disgust.
expression of indifference, 1847, from shuck (n.) in the secondary sense "something valueless" (i.e. not worth shucks, attested in a separate source from 1847).
"to remove the shucks from," 1819, from or related to shuck (n.). Related: Shucked; shucking.
Many extended senses are from the notion of "stripping" an ear of corn, or from the capers associated with husking frolics; e.g. "to strip (off) one's clothes" (1848) and "to deceive, swindle, cheat, fool" (1959); phrase shucking and jiving "fooling, deceiving" is suggested from 1966, in U.S. black English, but cf. shuck (v.) a slang term among "cool musicians" for "to improvise chords, especially to a piece of music one does not know" (1957), and shuck (n.) "a theft or fraud," in use by 1950s among U.S. blacks.
[B]lack senses probably fr[om] the fact that black slaves sang and shouted gleefully during corn-shucking season, and this behavior, along with lying and teasing, became a part of the protective and evasive behavior normally adopted towards white people in "traditional" race relations; the sense of "swindle" is perhaps related to the mid-1800s term to be shucked out, "be defeated, be denied victory," which suggests that the notion of stripping someone as an ear of corn is stripped may be basic in the semantics. ["Dictionary of American Slang"]
"husk, pod, shell," 1670s, of unknown origin. Cf. shuck (v.). Later used in reference to the shells of oysters and clams (1872). Figurative as a type of something worthless from 1836.
A self-effacing person: Theodore Roosevelt was no shrinking violet
[1915+; fr the presumed shyness of the violet]