It was an amateur mistake.
It's not like I'm an amateur at this sleuthing business.
"I'm a rank amateur," Cynthia replied.
That was not to say Fred had given up on amateur detecting.
The interior has been much destroyed by the ravages of gold-seekers and amateur excavators.
By way of facts, we have only a large body of unattested anecdotes of supra-normal successes in crystal-gazing, in many lands and ages; and the scanty records of modern amateur investigators, like the present writer.
The promotion was entirely the act of Lord Melbourne, an amateur in theology, who had read Thirlwall's introduction to Schleiermacher, and satisfied himself of the propriety of the appointment.
He sold some art copies to a local amateur, where he came under the notice of Vincent.
He was also known as a patron of art and literature and an amateur painter of no little merit.
The Federal Attorney-General, his assistant and the 88 U.S. district attorneys were flooded with silly complaints and beset by unofficial disloyalty hunters and amateur detectives, but kept their heads in most cases remarkably well, as did most of the judges.
We know that James was clement; that the middle and lower classes stood by him; that he was a great amateur in the arts; that he was betrayed again and again by those of his own house, finally by his own son.
Liszt's father, a clerk to the agent of the Esterhazy estates and an amateur musician of some attainment, was Hungarian by birth and ancestry, his mother an AustrianGerman.
Athens fighting Philip has fared, he says, like an amateur boxer opposed to a skilled pugilist.
You may wonder what his rigmarole, his amateur Paganini performances on one string or on twenty, have to do with your planting, and yet prefer it to leached ashes or plaster.