all mouth (and no trousers/action)

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Definition of all mouth (and no trousers/action)

British, informal
used to describe someone who talks a lot about doing something but never actually does it

Word by Word Definitions

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

mouth play
  1. : the natural opening through which food passes into the body of an animal and which in vertebrates is typically bounded externally by the lips and internally by the pharynx and encloses the tongue, gums, and teeth

  2. : grimace

  3. : an individual requiring food

  1. : speak, pronounce

  2. : to utter bombastically : declaim

  3. : to repeat without comprehension or sincerity

trouser play trousers
  1. : pants

  1. : of, relating to, or designed for trousers

  2. : of or relating to a male dramatic role played by a woman

action play
  1. : a thing done : deed

  2. : the accomplishment of a thing usually over a period of time, in stages, or with the possibility of repetition

  3. : behavior, conduct


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