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    1. What does 'All cries and little wool' or 'Much cries and no wool" mean? Are they similar to 'All barks and no bite?'

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmo
    1. What does 'All cries and little wool' or 'Much cries and no wool" mean? Are they similar to 'All barks and no bite?'

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    BMO

    I think the two lines you cited are similar to "all barks and no bite".
    They are used in describing something looks like having strong and impressing atmosphere but indeed there is nothing happened from the surface you saw. Just like sometimes we can hear the thundering keeps sounding loudly but as a result there is no rain which is supposed to be.

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    Much thunder, but no rain.

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    All bark and no bite.

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    All mouth and no trousers ;)

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    I'd say 'All talk, no trousers'.

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    Hi TDOL and Shane!

    Is TALK or MOUTH relating to TOUSERS closely?
    I get confused.....
    It's supposed to be related to each other like "thunder" with "rain", "bark" with "bite".....so what about " talk" or" mouth" with "trousers"?

    Lucy wu

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd say 'All talk, no trousers'.
    Ahh...I was close ;)

    Having said that though, a Google search for "all mouth and no trousers" came up with 1,010 results; so maybe it's also acceptable? I dunno...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucyarliwu
    Hi TDOL and Shane!

    Is TALK or MOUTH relating to TOUSERS closely?
    I get confused.....
    It's supposed to be related to each other like "thunder" with "rain", "bark" with "bite".....so what about " talk" or" mouth" with "trousers"?
    I don't know. I haven't heard that one before either. However, an American expression that fits is all talk and no action. Talk (or mouth) and trousers don't seem to me to be related.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I don't know. I haven't heard that one before either. However, an American expression that fits is all talk and no action. Talk (or mouth) and trousers don't seem to me to be related.

    :)
    Aha! Thanks Ronbee!

    I see now, so the word "trousers" implies to " action", which is pretty funny! hehe....if so, then "talk" is matchable to " action" while "mouth" to " trousers", for both "mouth" and " trousers" are visible.

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