talk a good game


: to say things that make people believe that one can do something or that something is true about oneself even though it is not true
They talk a good game, but they're not really ready for the championship.
She talks a good game about protecting the environment, but she doesn't even recycle.

Examples of talk a good game in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web George Kittle, Fred Warner, Christian McCaffrey and Trent Williams can talk a good game as well as play one. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 This stunt may have been designed to show up the islanders as heartless liberals who talk a good game but don’t walk the walk. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Abdallah, the Urban League official, said union leaders talk a good game on diversity but never deliver. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2022 Many people talk a good game about Internet privacy but don’t try very hard to protect their data. Globe Staff,, 10 July 2022 According to DeSantis, liberals in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts talk a good game, sticking up for undocumented immigrants with virtue-signaling rhetoric, while red states like his bear the cost and burden of taking care of them. Kevin Cullen,, 15 Sep. 2022 Since a strong culture is such a competitive advantage, most companies talk a good game about their company culture. Alain Hunkins, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 But most of the time national Democrats talk a good game, but never deliver. Dallas News, 18 July 2022 Leaders talk a good game here, but micro-management is a loser in this digital world. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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“Talk a good game.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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