all mouth and trousers

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Superficial, engaging in empty, boastful talk, but not of real substance.

Etymology:

  • mouth, meaning "talk" rather than action and trousers, presumably at the time of origin a reference to masculinity, either as trousers as a male item of clothing, or a reference to the genitals.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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