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    Default All talk and no trousers

    Click here for the definition of this idiom.

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    Default Re: All talk and no trousers

    Tdol, this is British English only right? I have never heard that in American English. Thanks

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    Default Re: All talk and no trousers

    It's British English.

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    Default Re: All talk and no trousers

    we have a similar one in my mother tongue.

    (something like) "It only thunders but never rains"...

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    Default Re: All talk and no trousers

    The "trousers" part gives away its British roots immediately. (I learned the hard way to stop referring to my trousers as "pants" when I was in the UK.)

    "All talk and no action" would seem to be the American equivalent of this idiom.

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    Default Re: All talk and no trousers

    Another American speaker suggested this : http://www.usingenglish.com/referenc...no+cattle.html

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    Default Re: All talk and no trousers

    We've got this idiom in our language I mean similar to it

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    Default Re: All talk and no trousers

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Another American speaker suggested this : http://www.usingenglish.com/referenc...no+cattle.html
    That's an Americanism, all right. Specifically, Texan.


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    Default Re: All talk and no trousers

    I've heard a possibly related idiom - 'all mouth and trousers', meaning vociferous and blustering in a particularly male way (brimming with testosterone )

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    PS oops - just read Tdol's original link.
    Last edited by BobK; 23-Nov-2006 at 14:30. Reason: PS added

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    Default Re: All talk and no trousers

    It seems that it started life in the north as 'all mouth and trousers' and picked up a negative on its way south.

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