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    #1

    more showy, less worth

    How can one express the following idea idiomatically?

    He is too showy and pretends to be knowledgeable; but when asked to respond to an intellectual dilemma, his response is poor and unimpressive.

    Something like empty vessels make louder noise...

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    Re: more showy, less worth

    Two colorful ones:
    All hat and no cattle.
    All sizzle and no steak.

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