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

Thanks again.

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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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"?

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tdol said:
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... :roll:
 

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lucyarliwu said:
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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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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lucyarliwu said:
RonBee said:
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.

I suppose so.

  • All talk and no action = All talk and no trousers

Those British sure have some funny expressions.

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lucyarliwu said:
RonBee said:
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.

I suppose so.

  • All talk and no action = All talk and no trousers

Those British sure have some funny expressions.

:wink:
 

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RonBee said:
lucyarliwu said:
RonBee said:
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.

I suppose so.

  • All talk and no action = All talk and no trousers

Those British sure have some funny expressions.

:wink:

Hey, what are you guys and gal teaching me?

Is 'All talk and no trousers' chiefly a British expression? I got curious so I searched the Internet (IE search engine), clicked on the first one and bingo, I hit the jackpot. It was a site that was marked "Watched by the Department of Homeland Security, your IP has been forwarded to the DHS, you have a right to an attorney. bar, bar, bar..' Jesus, some idiom? One other time, I was searching for the meaning of 'pee-in-the-pants feeling,' guess what, I got into a porno site. Actually there were many. If trousers is related to some 'action' I would not have been surprised if it were watched by a vice squad, but, the Department of Homeland Security?

Thanks so much, Tdol, Lucy, RonBee, Shane.

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RonBee said:
lucyarliwu said:
RonBee said:
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.

I suppose so.

  • All talk and no action = All talk and no trousers

Those British sure have some funny expressions.

:wink:

Hey, what are you guys and gal teaching me?

Is 'All talk and no trousers' chiefly a British expression? I got curious so I searched the Internet (IE search engine), clicked on the first one and bingo, I hit the jackpot. It was a site that was marked "Watched by the Department of Homeland Security, your IP has been forwarded to the DHS, you have a right to an attorney. bar, bar, bar..' Jesus, some idiom? One other time, I was searching for the meaning of 'pee-in-the-pants feeling,' guess what, I got into a porno site. Actually there were many. If trousers is related to some 'action' I would not have been surprised if it were watched by a vice squad, but, the Department of Homeland Security?

Thanks so much, Tdol, Lucy, RonBee, Shane.

BMO
 

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It's certainly used in BE. BTW, we also have 'big girl's blouse' for a guy who is a bit of a wimp. ;-)
 

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Re: idiom

bmo said:
Hey, what are you guys and gal teaching me?

Is 'All talk and no trousers' chiefly a British expression? I got curious so I searched the Internet (IE search engine), clicked on the first one and bingo, I hit the jackpot. It was a site that was marked "Watched by the Department of Homeland Security, your IP has been forwarded to the DHS, you have a right to an attorney. bar, bar, bar..' Jesus, some idiom? One other time, I was searching for the meaning of 'pee-in-the-pants feeling,' guess what, I got into a porno site. Actually there were many. If trousers is related to some 'action' I would not have been surprised if it were watched by a vice squad, but, the Department of Homeland Security?

I think it is chiefly a British expression. That is my best guess.

I am curious about what site that is that the Department of Homeland Security posted that notice on.

Any expression that you come up with I can probably figure out if you provide me with enough context, especially if it's not something that is highly technical.

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