all talk and no action

Speaking, promising, or boasting much, but doing little.

He never gets his job done. Hes just all talk and no action.

Syn: all booster, no payload, all crown, no filling, all foam, no beer, all hammer, no nail, all hat and no cattle, all icing, no cake, all lime and salt, no tequila, all mouth and no trousers, all mouth and trousers, all shot, no powder, all sizzle and no steak, all talk, all wax and no wick

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  • all talk and no action — a person who talks a lot but does very little, hot air    He talks about doing everything, but doesn t accomplish anything. He s all talk and no action! …   English idioms

  • be all talk and no action — be all talk (and no action) if someone is all talk, they often talk about doing something brave or exciting but never do it. He s always saying that he s going to leave and get another job but he ll never do it. He s all talk …   New idioms dictionary

  • all talk and no trousers — (UK) Someone who is all talk and no trousers, talks about doing big, important things, but doesn t take any action …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • all talk and no trousers — (UK)    Someone who is all talk and no trousers, talks about doing big, important things, but doesn t take any action.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • All talk and no trousers —   (UK)   Someone who is all talk and no trousers, talks about doing big, important things, but doesn t take any action …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • all hat and no cattle — adjective Full of big talk but lacking action, power, or substance; pretentious. A fortune can be made on the prairie, and thats what me and Mr. B aim to do. Dont aim to be all hat and no cattle forever, let me tell you! Syn: all bark and no …   Wiktionary

  • all mouth and trousers — adj British blustering and boastful, showing off with out having the qualities to justify it. A commonly heard dismissive phrase, typi cally said by women about a loud or assertive man. There is a suggestion that this is a corruption of the more… …   Contemporary slang

  • all sizzle and no steak — noun A thing or person which fails to measure up to its description or advanced promotion. Her latest novel is all sizzle and no steak. Syn: all hat and no cattle, all talk and no action …   Wiktionary

  • all bark and no bite — adjective a) Full of big talk but lacking action, power, or substance; pretentious. b) Describes someone who often says cutting remarks, but actually has a soft personality underneath …   Wiktionary

  • be all talk — (and no action) if someone is all talk, they often talk about doing something brave or exciting but never do it. He s always saying that he s going to leave and get another job but he ll never do it. He s all talk …   New idioms dictionary


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