all mouth and no trousers

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A corruption of all mouth and trousers, influenced by phrases of the form all hat and no cattle. The implication of this corrupted phrase is that the person boasts, but is a laughing stock.

Adjective[edit]

all mouth and no trousers (not comparable)

  1. (UK, idiomatic) alternative form of all mouth and trousers