all talk and no action

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of all talk and no action

:saying that one will do something but then not doing it
  • When it comes to looking for a job, she's all talk and no action.

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

talk play
  1. : to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken words

  2. : to convey information or communicate in any way (as with signs or sounds)

  3. : to use speech : speak

  1. : the act or an instance of talking : speech

  2. : a way of speaking : language

  3. : pointless or fruitless discussion : verbiage

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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